A bill to study how to create a “statewide marketing and conveyance grid” for water is moving through the Texas Legislature quickly, and we need your help to stop it!
In practical terms, this approach will mean taking more water from rural areas to supply urban centers. But average residential water usage ranges from 60 gallons to over 300 gallons per person per day in different cities in Texas. Many Texans could easily cut their water usage in half – or much lower – without any real hardship.
Are perfect green lawns important enough to drain aquifers and destroy the future of rural communities and local food?
Water transfers just postpone the day of reckoning. At some point, Texans will need to take serious steps to conserve water. Shouldn’t we do that before we start shipping water all over the state?
Consider the fact that San Antonio recently signed a contract to build a 140-mile pipeline to transfer large amounts of groundwater from some of the best farmland in our state, draining the aquifer under Burleson and Milam Counties. And at the same time, the city is negotiating a deal to have some of the water bottled for sale.…