In an ongoing effort toward to solve Texas ‘critical water crisis, I along with State Sen. Troy Fraser announced the passage of Senate Resolution 593 honoring the statewide impact and success of the Texas Water Smart coalition.
Texans should take a serious look at their individual water habits. We all can
make a difference in our water supply by adopting common-sense ways to
conserve. I want to thank the nearly 130 legislators and 150 other Texas Water
Smart coalition members who have committed themselves to educating Texans about
the critical need for water.
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.
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 State House of Representatives.
On Friday, State Sen. Craig Estes and Wichita
Falls Mayor Glenn Barham announced the city of Wichita Falls has joined the
Texas Water Smart coalition and are urging residents to conserve water. If
current water levels do not improve, Wichita Falls could be forced to enact
Stage 4 water restrictions as early as this summer.
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.
text of the Texas Senate Resolution 593 honoring the Texas Water Smart
coalition will be available at www.capitol.state.tx.us.
more information about Texas Water Smart and daily water saving tips for
homeowners and businesses, visit www.TexasWaterSmart.com.