Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

As typical dry and hot weather continues to plague South Central Texas, our attention turns to the aquifer level. Right now, the 10 day average is sitting at 660.8 and Paul Bertetti, Director of Aquifer Science at the Edwards Aquifer Authority says we’re going to drop below 660 very soon. “Looking at the current 10 day average, I would expect that by the end of the week or into the weekend, that the ten day average is probably going to…

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Report: Houston’s water conservation efforts lag other Texas cities

Report: Houston’s water conservation efforts lag other Texas cities

Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director of Texas Water Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, said Houston fared worse in the report because of an increase in water loss in its distribution system. Water loss rose from 11% four years ago to 17% in its most recent water audit. “It’s one of those things that’s kind of out of sight, out of mind. The distribution system is underground, a lot of the water loss we don’t see except for those big water main…

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Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler talks with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker about the newly released Texas Water Conservation Scorecard 2020 Report, which provides an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 350 water utilities in Texas. Listen to the full interview with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker from Texas+Water here.  https://soundcloud.com/talkpluswater/talkwater-podcast-23-ken-kramer-jennifer-walker-texas-water-conservation-scorecard-2020-report

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Texas Living Waters Project unveils 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard

Texas Living Waters Project unveils 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard

Texas water conservation practices have not improved in the last four years. June 23rd, 2020 – Austin, TX – The Texas Living Waters Project released the 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard, an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 300 water utilities in Texas.  The study found that many utilities are not taking serious actions to advance water conservation. The Texas Living Waters Project is a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club-Lone…

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New Vista Ridge pipeline water could delay start of water restrictions

New Vista Ridge pipeline water could delay start of water restrictions

“Because we are using less of the Edwards’ water, that maybe takes some stress off the Edwards. Maybe it drops less quickly,” Gus says. “And maybe we’re a little less likely to hit the trigger. It does help us out in that regard.” That’s what aquifer officials hope occurs. The 142-mile pipeline from Burleson County, is supposed to supply 20 percent of the area’s water needs. Cost of the project has been pegged at nearly $3 billion. Read more from…

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SAWS flushing half of Vista Ridge water as cost overrun nears $80M

SAWS flushing half of Vista Ridge water as cost overrun nears $80M

The San Antonio Water System is flushing some of the most expensive water in Texas down a Northside creek as it struggles to finish a connection pipeline that has run nearly $80 million over early cost estimates. Originally set to be finished in mid-April, construction on an underground pipeline to connect Vista Ridge’s endpoint to the main SAWS system south of Loop 1604 now won’t be finished until July, SAWS Chief Operating Officer Steve Clouse said at the utility’s June…

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One Water – Blue Hole primary school

One Water – Blue Hole primary school

While COVID-19 dominates headlines in 2020, groundwater protection efforts in the Texas Hill Country are set to realize a tremendous success story when the first One Water school in Texas officially opens its doors for classes this fall!  Blue Hole Primary School will serve the growing Hill Country communities of Wimberley and Woodcreek with one of the most water efficient and cost-effective approaches ever envisioned for a school campus in Texas. One Water is a water planning and management approach…

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Across Texas, diverse wetlands are benefiting Texans — and facing threats

Across Texas, diverse wetlands are benefiting Texans — and facing threats

“Historically, some people thought of wetlands like nasty places we need to fill in or useless land,” he said. “But really, they’re among the most productive and valuable ecosystem in terms of the goods and services they provide to humans.” Nicknamed the kidneys of the earth for their ability to filter water and improve water quality, wetlands are defined by three things: water, plants and soils. To be a wetland, water should flow through or stand in the area for…

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The credible case for a resilient water supply in Texas

The credible case for a resilient water supply in Texas

In this time of crisis and deep uncertainty, one thing we must be able to depend on is our water supply. Access to water is critical to public health, fragile local economies, and food production. And the benefits are also intangible. Confined to our homes, many of us are realizing that time spent along the banks of a lake or clear flowing creek offers much-needed respite. Now, more than ever, we must protect our water resources. The world is a…

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Conservation and reuse of reclaimed wastewater: A marriage of necessity

Conservation and reuse of reclaimed wastewater: A marriage of necessity

As the population of Texas increases and requires a more abundant water supply, big decisions loom regarding new water sources, growing volumes of wastewater effluent, and the impacts on our land, environment, and other species in which we coexist. A new way of thinking is taking root since traditional approaches to water management are generally viewed as deficient in the face of current water-related challenges. It promises a more viable, alternative approach. One Water is not an entirely new concept,…

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