New research has found that water pollution in Texas may be reduced by installing water conservation programs in residential areas.
The Texas Tribune reports that the study looked at the effects of the Texas Water Development Code and regulations on water quality.
Researchers found that homeowners in communities with water conservation projects had a 1.4 percent lower level of nitrogen oxide emissions than those with no water conservation initiatives.
Nitrogen dioxide is a greenhouse gas that can damage the ozone layer.
The study was led by the University of Texas Health Science Center and the University at Buffalo.
Researchers from UTHealth’s Center for Water, Climate and Urban Health, the University’s Center of Urban Ecology and Sustainable Development and the Buffalo Institute of Technology conducted the study.
They found that a total of 2.8 million homes in Texas had water conservation efforts.
The researchers say this study is important because water conservation is often seen as a short-term solution for improving water quality in Texas.
The new study was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.