Monday, April 8, 2013

Save Water, Save Money, Save Texas

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. 

All 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. 

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.  

Sen. 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.

Full text of the Texas Senate Resolution 593 honoring the Texas Water Smart coalition will be available at 

For more information about Texas Water Smart and daily water saving tips for homeowners and businesses, visit

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