January 22, 2013
It’s official: 2011 stands out as our region’s most intense year of drought in recorded history. But our drought challenges aren’t over by a long shot: finding better ways to manage and conserve our water supply has to be among the state’s top priorities as we prepare for the future, and I filed two bills to do just that.
One allows for the installation of more drought-proof landscapes, limiting a homeowners association’s ability to prevent responsible Texans from installing xeriscaped or more efficient yards and landscapes.
The other is designed to conserve water in how we generate electricity, requiring power plants to at least evaluate the use of water-efficient technology when they retrofit or construct power plants.
These two bills are just the start of what I hope to be a session full of progress as we evaluate our water supply and our future — and as we look for ways to help Texans do better when it comes to paying for, planning for, prioritizing, and conserving our increasingly scarce and always essential water resources.