Texas Water Smart celebrates one-year anniversary
AUSTIN -- In an ongoing effort toward solving Texas’ critical water crisis, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, along with the Texas Senate, announced the passage of Senate Resolution 593 April 5, honoring the statewide impact and success of the Texas Water Smart coalition. This recognition also marks the one-year anniversary of the Texas Water Smart conservation initiative.
“All Texans should take a serious look at their individual water habits,” Staples said. “We all can make a difference in our water supply by adopting common-sense ways to conserve.”
Texas Water Smart, launched April 2, 2012, is a public-private partnership of nearly 300 businesses, associations, research organizations, and state and local officials. Through a highly successful consumer education program, Texas Water Smart has raised awareness about water conservation by encouraging homeowners and businesses to adopt daily habits to curb wasteful water usage.
State Sen. Troy Fraser filed the Senate resolution in recognition of Texas Water Smart’s efforts to raise consumer awareness about water conservation and the coalition’s commitment toward relieving the state’s water crisis. State Rep. Allan Ritter filed a companion resolution in the Texas House of Representatives.
“Since municipal conservation represents 7.2 percent of the water management strategies recommended by the regional planning groups to deal with the projected shortage of water by 2060, this new effort is of vital importance,” said Edward Vaughan, board member of the Texas Water Development Board.
The Lone Star State continues to attempt recovery from the historic 2011 drought, which depleted drinking water supplies, hurt businesses, and cost the state $8.3 billion in agricultural losses. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 88 percent of the state is experiencing some degree of drought conditions.
“We have a choice to make: Conserve water now or risk more job losses in the future,” Staples said. “With Texas Water Smart, I’m reminding all Texans that a few drops saved, when multiplied by 26 million citizens, will go a long way.”
For more information about Texas Water Smart and daily water-saving tips for homeowners and businesses, visit www.TexasWaterSmart.com.