Reasons to Conserve

Conserving water can help increase profits.  Some of the financial benefits to consider when evaluating water conservation are:
1. Reduced costs—water costs account for 1–2 percent of a business’ overhead. Saving water can help reduce overhead costs.
2. Increase in future water prices—water prices are set to rise above inflation. Saving water now will reduce costs in the future.
3. Production efficiency—using water efficiently will make additional water available for future production.
4. Tax benefits—many government agencies and water utilities provide rebates, grants, and tax relief to encourage water conservation. Tax benefits keep money where it belongs, in your pocket.

In Texas, various tax exemptions can be given for:
a. Rainwater harvesting systems
b. Water recycling and reuse systems
c. Desalinization systems
d. Wastewater systems certified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
e. Brush control equipment designed to increase water availability

For more information go to our home page and
click on “WATER” tab and select
“WATER CONSERVATION”.

Water Conservation

Summary: The Laguna Madre Water District Water Conservation Plan was approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in 2009. The Five-year Water Conservation Plan provides an outline of current water conservation initiatives approved by the Board of Directors of the LMWD and
conservation measures for the future. Execution of these programs will definitely help the LMWD meet its water conservation goals, and will also allow the District to save money by delaying the construction and expansion of water treatment plants and purchase of additional water rights.

Drought Restrictions:
The Laguna Madre Water District uses the drought and emergency contingency plan during a drought or a number of other uncontrollable circumstances that can disrupt the normal availability of the District water supply.  In addition, the purpose of this plan is to conserve and limit the demand of water during emergencies in the LMWD’s water system.

Stage 1 Triggers- Voluntary conservation is the first phase of the plan. This stage is always in effect unless a higher phase is required and enacted.
Stage 2 Triggers- Mild Water Shortage Conditions. This stage initiates when the level of U.S water stored in Amistad and Falcon Reservoirs reaches 51% or 1,660,000 AF (or below). When the level of water is above this amount, this stage may be terminated.
Stage 3 Triggers- Moderate Water Shortage Conditions. This stage initiates during peak demand days such as Texas Week, Easter, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. When the level of U.S water stored in Amistad and Falcon Reservoirs reaches 25% of 834,600 MAF (or below).
Stage 4 Triggers- Severe Water Shortage Conditions- This stage initiates when the level of U.S. water stored in Amistad and Falcon Reservoirs reaches 15% or 504,600 MAG (or below). When the level of water is above this amount, his stage may be terminated.

Please review Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan for complete information.

Water Saving Tips

If you’re concerned about wasted water or just looking for ways to lower your water bill, then we suggest some of the methods below.
 

  • Utilize water efficient irrigation system.
  • Water in early morning or late evening.
  • Water slowly to reduce runoff and to allow deep penetration.
  • Insert low-flow shower heads which can reduce water use by half.
  • Keep a container of drinking water in refrigerator.