Water users are encouraged to water lawns no more than twice a week and adjust sprinklers to prevent water from running into streets.
The Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA), the main provider to water to municipalities in Galveston County, is urging commercial and residential water consumers to conserve water this summer. Water users are encouraged to water lawns no more than twice a week and adjust sprinklers to prevent water from running into streets.
“These simple steps alone can reduce water demand in Galveston County by an estimated 20 percent,” said Ivan Langford, GCWA general manager.
Drought conditions are affecting water levels in the Brazos River basin, the main water source for the authority, which provides water to municipal, industrial and agricultural customers in Galveston, Brazoria and Fort Bend counties. In Galveston County alone GCWA provides treated drinking water to almost a dozen cities, towns and utility districts serving more than 185,000 residents.
“As temperatures rise and rainfall declines across Texas, those of us in the water supply business carefully monitor water sources to make sure our customers have the water they need,” Langford said.
When the river’s flow cannot meet customer demand, the GCWA accesses stored water through a contract with the Brazos River Authority (BRA), a state agency that operates 11 storage reservoirs along the Brazos River.
Read more about the GCWA and water conservation at www.gulfcoastwaterauthority.com.