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Farmers Roll Out Public Relations Plan During California Water Crunch

California Gov. Jerry Brown has mandated an unprecedented reduction in water use for most of the state's residents, but farmers aren't included. Now a negative backlash against agricultural water consumption has the farmers standing their ground and showcasing their contributions to the state.  Read more.

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Texas Water Consortium Turns to Technology in Hopes of Conserving Water

Urban water use in Texas is growing nine times faster than all other uses combined. The University Municipal Water Consortium, which is made up of more than 25 local, state and regional water providers, is seeking new ways to conserve water and chart use homes across Texas. The members have joined together to develop and test promising hardware [...]

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Greywater Expert says Recycled Greywater Could Save a Billion Gallons in California

If 10% of Southern California residents installed a greywater system in their homes, the state would conserve as much potable water as it expects to generate through a $1 billion desalination plant planned for San Diego County, claims  Laura Allen, author and co-founder of Greywater Action. But so far, California authorities aren't promoting that solution to [...]

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California Drought Causes Observers to Question the Benefits of Rapid Growth

A four-year drought and the governor's recent announcement that Californians must reduce water consumption is forcing residents to consider whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth has run against the limits of nature.  The 25 percent cut in water consumption mandated by Gov. Jerry Brown raises fundamental questions about what life in California will be like in [...]

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The Woodlands Honored for Outstanding Water Conservation Plan in Texas

Houston suburb, The Woodlands, has earned the 2015 Texas Municipal Blue Legacy Award for its work in water conservation. Presented by the Texas Water Conservation Advisory Council (TWCAC), the award recognizes water suppliers that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative commitment to the state’s mission of promoting responsible conservation and management of water resources.Read more.

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California Farmers May Sell Water Instead of Grow Rice

In drought-stricken California, where water is a valuable commodity, some rice farmers may sell their water instead of using it to grow rice. It's estimated they could make $700 an acre-foot, more than the yield from their crops. One northern California rice farmer reports that his water district has struck a deal to sell some of [...]

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California Governor Mandates 25% Reduction in Water Use Statewide

For the first time during the state's four-year drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued mandatory water restrictions for state residents, businesses and farms, ordering a 25% reduction in water use. That cut would amount to a savings of approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water during the next nine months.The mandated reduction in water use does [...]

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Should Climate-Change Science Should be Considered in Texas Water Policy? Experts Can't Decide

Texas water experts and leading government officials can't agree on whether climate-change science should play a role in the state's water policies. They can't decide if the state's extending drought is the result of the climate, people or both. One leading official claimed that "at this point, there is too much uncertainty about the science of [...]

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Water Use in the Austin Area Drops as Citizens Become More Water Conscious

Central Texas cities are using about 20 percent less water from the Colorado River despite a rapidly growing population. In 2011, city officials began telling residents in Austin and surrounding areas to reduce the amount of water they used. The efforts were seen as relatively mild because most communities were still allowed to water lawns [...]

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Recent Precipitation Boosts Boats in North Texas Lakes

Rain, sleet and snow over the past several weeks have helped boost water levels in key North Texas reservoirs, such as Granbury Lake, seen in the photo above. But water experts say the region's ongoing drought remained unbroken.Read more.

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