Water is essential. It has no substitute. And we need more than we have. In the coming decades, issues around water availability and allocation will become hot-button topics not unlike those relating to oil today.
Texas’s population is expected to nearly double by 2060, as the state becomes more urban.1 Demand for water in Texas is projected to grow 27% at the same time that water supplies from existing sources are expected to decrease by 18%.2 The gap between demand and supply is obvious. Since we can't make more water, we have to become stewards of what we already have.
In many communities, 30% to 50% of the total water is used for landscape irrigation.This offers a major area in which we can impact water use. The links below will take you to sites where you can learn techniques to:
- Reduce the amount of water that you use in your landscape,
- Begin to collect rainwater to reduce demand on processed supplies, and
- Improve the efficiency with which you deliver water to your landscape.
1 Texas Water Development Board, Water for Texas 2007 (Austin, Texas, January 2007), Volume II, pp. 120-121, http://www.twdb.state.tx.us
2 Texas Water Development Board, Water for Texas 2007, Volume I, p. 2, http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/publications/reports/State_Water_Plan/2007/2007StateWaterPlan/vol%201_FINAL%20113006.pdf. (Last visited December 29, 2008.)