The state of Texas is currently in the midst of a water conservation campaign and a flood prevention strategy.
With over 2.5 million residents, Texas is the most populous state in the U.S. and the third largest in the country.
According to the US Geological Survey, there are over 7.5 billion gallons of water in the US.
According the US Water Resources Council, over 8.5% of the US water supply is held by surface waters.
A lot of people in the states south, however, are finding that their taps are running dry and they don’t have enough water.
In Texas, the number of people who don’t drink their tap water has risen from 2.7 million to 4.3 million in the past three years, according to data collected by the state’s Department of Public Safety.
The drought is expected to last into next summer.
With this in mind, Texas has taken steps to reduce its water use and help residents save their taps.
In 2015, the state passed a water law, requiring residents to buy tap water and tap water filters for each home.
In 2016, the law was changed to make it easier to install and maintain a filter for each household.
Last year, the department of public safety also implemented a new law to require that all homeowners report the number and location of their taps to the department by January 31, 2021.
A new law also required the department to issue a statewide water conservation report every year.
Last month, the Texas Department of Transportation, the city of Austin, and the city and county of San Antonio joined the statewide report.
The city of San Marcos, which is in the Austin-Bergstrom district, had the largest increase in water use in the state, rising from a total of 2.4 million gallons per capita to 3.1 million gallons.
A recent report by the Texas Water Development Agency shows that more than half of the cities in the Travis County area have cut water use by at least 10 percent since 2020.
The most notable cuts are being made by Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth.
In San Marcos and Arlington, the water department cut more than one-third of its water usage by at most 20 percent.
“We need to keep water out of our tap water system,” said Karen Hensley, a resident of the Austin neighborhood of Humble.
“It’s very hard for us to drink water in our homes.
It’s a waste of water.
We just can’t get around to it.”
The Austin Water Conservation District is a partnership between the city, county, and water utility companies.
This year, there were 661,000 taps in the city.
In 2017, the district received nearly $4 million in donations from the Austin Water Utility, according the Austin American-Statesman.
A major focus of the water conservation effort is to make sure residents have access to water at all times.
“The water conservation goal is to provide a basic level of water and a tap system for our population,” said Chris Trescothick, Austin’s water conservation manager.
“For those who live in areas that are getting water for free, that’s very important.
We’re working to make that a reality.”
Hensie McNeil, a senior water conservation engineer at the Austin Community Water Supply District, said that the city has taken several steps to conserve water, including installing filters and installing water meters to ensure that residents are getting enough water at each household and are using it to flush toilets and other hygiene necessities.
“When people are looking for ways to conserve, they’ll come to us because we have the information,” McNeil said.
“If we can get the data out there, then we can make changes.”
As part of the statewide conservation effort, the Austin water utility is encouraging residents to turn off their tap and to use a filter to flush their taps, which will help the city cut its water consumption.
McNeil added that Austin will also install a filter in the neighborhood of East Austin, which has the highest number of residents with an excessive amount of water usage.
“Our goal is that by the time we go to the end of this year, that people will be able to flush the taps and then the water utility can be notified and we can begin to turn that off,” McNeill said.
The Austin American Statesman also reported that the utility will begin installing a water meter in East Austin on Tuesday.
“Residents are already asking for more information on the meters and that’s the plan,” Mc Neil said.
As of now, the amount of tap water usage in the region is estimated at 1.8 billion gallons per person per year.
For more information about the Austin community water conservation program, check out the city’s water program website at www.aquaticresilience.org.