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10 October 2011 at 7:51:09 PM

Texas's second-largest city is weathering the state's historic drought better than most cities because of innovative water conservation techniques in place for more than a decade.

They include year-round water restrictions, dual-flush toilets in thousands of homes and businesses and the keen eye of the "Water Police" — off-duty San Antonio police officers who drive around enforcing water-restriction rules. A first offense can cost $130.

Amid the current drought, which has cost the state more than $5 billion in crops and cattle losses, San Antonio's water-saving ways suddenly are drawing attention.

"San Antonio is by far the most aggressive and successful in terms of their water conservation efforts in Texas," says Ken Kramer, director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. "More and more water suppliers are looking at ways to reduce their water use. San Antonio provides a good model."

By Mark Greenberg, for USA TODAY

Plant Operator Richard Garcia takes a water sample from the main outflow of treated waste water from the Dos Rios Waste Water Treatment Plant in San Antonio.

The year-long drought has shrunk water supplies in aquifers and lakes throughout Texas, forcing restrictions on more than 900 of the state's 4,700 water systems - double the number in a normal dry year, says Dan Hardin of the Texas Water Development Board. Some towns are almost out of water, he says.

San Antonio is unusual because instead of looking for new water sources to meet demand, it has drastically cut its water use, making it one of the most efficient water-saving cities in Texas, Hardin says. "The easiest, most economical and most reliable method is to find a way to not need that much water," Hardin says. "San Antonio has a very aggressive program toward that."

A 5-inch, sightless amphibian had something to do with it.

Read the rest: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/story/2011-10-10/texas-drought-san-antonio-water/50723664/1

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1 - pstern   11 Oct 2011 @ 3:37:54 AM 

The "why not" is due to the fact that businesses and government are not enabling the majority to take part in an affordable approach to saving water.  Most of us simply cannot afford to incur additional expenditures, even if we want to. And until the 2 entities create jobs make the effort affordable for the majority, the problems will continue.

BTW, nice commentary with links.

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2 - Juanita   11 Oct 2011 @ 8:13:40 AM 

Thank you for sharing.  Good for San Antonio.  From the article, it sounds as though they're proud of themselves and are happy to do something good.

Water conservation needs to become "cool," just as "going green" has.  All I see on the news is people griping about water restrictions.  It would be nice to see on the news excitement about water conservation.

One of the comments on this article said that although most people don't realize it, water really is more important to us than oil.  We better start focusing on it like it is.

3 - pstern   11 Oct 2011 @ 9:37:35 AM 

Water already costs more per gallon than oil!  It is going to get worse. It's one of the reasons why men like T. Boone Pickins have invested in the water market and are making millions in profit.  Pickins began his water onslaught back in 2007.

Great article from 2010 in The Daily Beast covers quite a bit about the water market....




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4 - humanbeing   11 Oct 2011 @ 4:48:37 PM 

Conserving water doesn't require permission or encouragement from government or business or the wife. All we have to do is to think about what we are doing (and wasting) instead of just doing it because that's what everybody always does, mindlessly.

Anyone can start right now. It's easy.

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5 - pstern   11 Oct 2011 @ 5:04:11 PM 

Conserving water is one thing, but there is too much water theft going on for it to be productive in the long term.   Millions of gallons of our natural water is being stolen by conglomerates and people like T. Boone Pickins who drill for water, pipeling it and sell it to cities, towns and overseas nations.  They are the ones who are critically using water and they have bought governments and cities to do so.

No matter how much we try to save water we will never put a dent into what these people and companies are doing to our natural water supply all over the nation with the support and backing of laws.

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6 - humanbeing   11 Oct 2011 @ 9:05:50 PM 

What you say is true, pstern, but why? If we humans restricted ourselves regarding our birthrates, our out-of-control development and reckless use of resources, then water would be less of a valuable commodity to inspire government (corporate) abuse and greed.

This is our call, pstern. We're the ones who are creating this mess. We're the ones who should be demanding a total revision of our antiquated and useless water laws in Texas. We're the ones who create the market because they tell us to and we don't want to think for ourselves. Every time we buy something, we're voting. Don't like things? Stop supporting it with your money.

This reminds me of the 'Save Chalk Mountain' campaign. These folks managed to oust one commercial project that wanted to produce crushed limestone in their neighborhood...a product that was probably utilized for the driveways of each and every citizen who fought against it.

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7 - pstern   11 Oct 2011 @ 10:00:27 PM 

Well, yes, but water will be the most precious commodity in the world, so we are being conned and manipulated by all water forces. 

They love having us involved in saving water so that there will be more for them, more profits and they will sell our water back to us as they are doing now, but at much larger volume. 

There is no stopping it unless the people demand changes in the laws governing water rights and sales of it.  Pickens and other wealthy varmints already paid the right folks to bypass the previous laws restricting the purchase of property above water sources, e.g., aquifers, etc., and then manipulated the laws to pipeline the water to various cities and then load the tankers bound for China and other nations.

It will be hell to stop.  I don't think we can do it.  All the conservation efforts won't help us re: the future plans of the wealthy elite.

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