Radio spot asks Texans to imagine sharing a glass of water with 30 other straws.

A New radio spot by the Save Water Texas Coalition draws attention to Texas’ population growth by asking Texans to imagine sharing a tall glass of ice water with 30 other straws.

Water News of Texas has obtained a copy of the script below.

It’s hot…

You’re thirsty…

A tall glass of ice water suddenly appears…

You take a long, refreshing sip through the drinking straw.

Now imagine that same tall glass of ice water. But this time you have to share it…with 30 other straws…

Our population is booming here in Texas. This increases demand for water — for our cities, our crops and livestock, factories and businesses, and for families at home.

Do the math….the more people in Texas to share our finite resources, the less WATER there’ll be to go around for future generations of Texans.

That’s why it’s important for each of us to make a commitment to AVOID WASTING WATER!  Before turning on a faucet or your irrigation system – ask yourself: Is it worth the WATER?

Make the choice to use water more efficiently.

For great tips on how you can help, visit “save water texas dot org.” …“save water texas dot org.”

Water. What would we do without it?

The commercial is currently airing on radio in Houston along with two television spots to backup the message

The Save Water Texas Coalition is made up of cities, water agencies, water professionals, community leaders, and educators who are dedicated to raising public awareness about the critical need for water conservation and water reuse measures in order to assure sustainability of our finite groundwater and surface water resources.

A new water conservation TV spot asks Texans… Is it worth the water?

The Save Water Texas Coalition has released a new commercial scheduled to run later this month in the greater Houston, Texas area. The commercial asks Texans to do their part to help conserve this finite resource.

The Save Water Texas Coalition (SWTC) is made up of cities, water agencies, water professionals, community leaders, and educators who are dedicated to raising public awareness about the critical need for water conservation and water reuse measures in order to assure sustainability of our finite groundwater and surface water resources.

The SWTC coalition is raising funds to air this, and other commercials across the State of Texas

 

How does a Rainwater Cistern Work? At the Wimberley Blue Hole

In the heart of Central Texas, Blue Hole has long been a destination in the Texas Hill Country for swimming, camping, and enjoying nature along spring-fed Cypress Creek, often being named one of Texas’ top ten swimming holes.  In May 2005 the City of Wimberley purchased the land for restoration and developed the area into the Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park.

The Ticket Office at Blue Hole has an adjacent above-ground Cistern that stores captured rainwater from the roofs of  the buildings.  The Water is collected, stored, filtered and pumped to irrigate the adjacent native plant display garden.

Since consistent rainfall in the area is not guaranteed, stored and re-used rainwater helps provide water during dry periods.

Notable Facts:

  • Buildings use 100% municipal water
  • Re-used rainwater is used for plant irrigation
  • An overflow valve prevents spillage during heavy rainfall
  • Cistern capacity: 3,900 gallons
  • Average annual rainwater capture: 40,100 gallons

 

Senator Kel Seliger: Voters of Texas must approve Prop 6 and continue to conserve water

I am not telling the people of West Texas anything they do not already know. In fact, the Texas Panhandle is almost entirely still classified as exceptional drought conditions, and in the high plains, reservoir storage is below 10%. Water withdrawals from Lake Meredith have all but ceased. In Midland, water is being trucked in to fill swimming pools for summer fun. Nowhere in Texas are people more acutely aware of water use and water shortage then we are in Senate District 31.

Water is such an integral part of our lives that I talk about it on a daily basis. Ours is an agricultural and oil and gas based economy, both of which require water to achieve maximum yield and success. My wife does not let me talk about water at dinner parties anymore; I am too passionate about the issue and apparently aquifer storage and recharge does not make for the most relaxed conversation. Fair enough. But in light of Proposition 6 on the November 5 ballot, I would be remiss not to make a case for its passage.

Prop 6 is the constitutional amendment which creates the State Water Implementation Fund (SWIF) to assist in the financing of priority water projects and ensure the availability of adequate water resources. Texas plans for future water needs with a 50-year window. The state does this through the State Water Plan, which is compiled by the Texas Water Development Board through locally established regional water planning areas. Locals have pinpointed specific water projects to help ensure supply and demand are met, and the Legislature has identified money to fund these projects, but the voters of Texas must first approve the creation of the SWIF. This is where your support for Prop 6 is critical – if it fails to pass then money for these future water infrastructure projects will simply not be available.

Secondly, we must continue to conserve. The 2011 drought set a new record for the worst single year drought in history and most of the state has still yet to recover, so while we build new water infrastructure we must also use less water.

Conservation tips include:

  • Water your yard only in the morning or evening.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered.
  • Check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  • Use a thick layer of mulch in your planting beds.
  • Use watering cans for your patio plants.
  • Water your plants deeply, but less frequently.
  • Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses for shrubs and trees.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.

While conservation is key – especially in West Texas where so many are withdrawing from the Ogallala, which is an aquifer that will not recharge in our lifetime – it is not enough to provide for the 27% increase in water demand over the next forty years. We must approve Prop 6 to make new money available to cities and local groundwater conservation districts in addition to promoting continued conservation

We must approve Prop 6 to make new money available to cities and local groundwater conservation districts in addition to promoting continued conservation