Waco, TX — As the state’s population numbers continues to grow, the fight to keep a clean water supply for millions of Texans is essential.
Roughly 1,000 people move to Texas each day.
With a booming populace, comes the need for infrastructure. Transportation, energy but most important- water.
Doc Anderson represents the Waco area in State District 56 down at the Capitol in Austin, where Lake Travis residents and businesses are feeling the full effects of a drought. It’s down to about 30% capacity.
“People take water for granted," said Anderson "They don’t really appreciate it. And water, if you compare it to gasoline, is very inexpensive. So, often times folks don’t really think about what they’re doing and how they are using water.”
Luckily, Wacoans have Lake Wako to rely on. It is a man-made reservoir that was originally dammed up back in 1930.
Not only does it provide recreational fishing year round, but it is the main source for drinking water for tens of thousands of people.
But even it isn’t immune to drought. It’s running about six feet lower than average. You can tell by the different shade of color on the rockshore.
So while city leaders and state representatives across the state plan for future water supply needs, they want to remind you that there is something you can do to help.
“Conservation can have an effect today," explained Anderson. "Water lawns in the morning or late evening so you can get saturation. Check your sprinkler system and make sure you're not watering the sidewalk or watering the side of your house. And water what you need to water; don't waste it."
"Check and see if you have any leaks or dripping faucets. You’re losing water that way which can really add up. We need to make sure people understand it’s a precious resource and we have to do the best we can to preserve that resource.”
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