The recent announcement by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) about likely outdoor watering restrictions will not just be an inconvenience, it will impact the economy.
Nursery and landscaping, the original green industry, has an annual economic impact of nearly $15 billion on the Texas economy. With water restrictions, fewer plantings and outdoor activities will occur.
Texans of the 1950s were faced with similar tough decisions on water. What was their response? Build! Build! Build! Local governments, recognizing the severe economic consequences of a lack of water, were determined to do something about it and created new water capacity that served our state well for decades.
Today, we have a choice to make: We can ration and restrict our way forward, but this drives away jobs, decreases quality options and slows economic activity. Or, we can Conserve, Collaborate and Construct our way to meeting our needs: Conserving water through smart usage, better plants and improved technology; Collaborating with other communities and states on shared water projects; and Constructing both new capacity and modern delivery systems.
There is no single solution to solve our water woes, but there are multiple ways we can make a difference.
Texans of the 1950s are remembered for making tough decisions and providing solutions for over 60 years. How will Texans of today be remembered in 2070?