Why Conserve Water?

  • Saves Money
  • Eliminates the need to develop new water sources.
  • Eliminates the need for building expensive new water and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Less energy is needed to pump, treat, and heat water.
  • Less need for chemicals to treat water and wastewater.
  • Supports aquatic ecosystems. Conservation of water in Austin allows more water to stay in the Colorado River system thus maintaining the river itself, the Matagorda Bay system, and its valuable estuaries. Learn More.

Dallas vs. San Antonio

Despite having more annual rainfall (which should lessen the need for irrigation), Dallas uses almost twice as much water per person as San Antonio. While cities like San Antonio seek to make more efficient use of the water available, cities like Dallas seek more water. This February, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Dallas’s plans to develop a massive reservoir on the Neches River called Fastrill which would have flooded thousands of acres of precious bottomland, hardwood forest and diminished flow all the way down to the mouth of the Neches at Sabine Lake. Opponents of the reservoir often pointed to the disparity between per capita water consumption in Dallas and cities like San Antonio and El Paso. The point is that people conserving water in south Texas and far west Texas helped people in east Texas fight to preserve their homes, ways of life, and natural heritage. Let’s work to make Austin another city that opponents of bad water projects can hold up as an example of how a large Texas city should use its water resources.