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AUSTIN, Texas -- A state with deserts, beaches, swamps,
farms and major cities doesn't need a ``one-size-fits-all'' plan to
save water, members of a task force said.
The 32 members of the Water Conservation Implementation Task Force
met to hammer out recommendations for how Texas can best regulate
water conservation among its broad range of users.
``There are many areas in the state that will not have sufficient
water supplies to meet future demands,'' said Bill Mullican, the
deputy director for planning at the Texas Water Development Board,
the agency overseeing the task force. ``Every community can and
should have water conservation as an important component of their
portfolio for meeting water needs.''
The task force, which meets monthly, adopted a recommendation that
the state create a standing council to advise on new issues and
technology related to saving water.
The task force also discussed how the state can best oversee
communities' implementation of existing and proposed conservation
Members questioned whether small towns should be subject to the
same conservation guidelines as larger cities with more resources.
They discussed whether the state should help smaller communities in
creating and applying conservation measures.
The task force also discussed proposed requirements ranging from
installing water-saving toilets and showerheads to
conservation-pricing incentives and golf course conservation
measures. The proposals are now open to public comment.
``My view is that our water wall here, when we no longer have the
luxury of ignoring water conservation, is only 10 to 15 years away,''
said Rusty Osborne, a project manager for the utilities and energy
department at the University of Texas at Austin.
The task force, formed by the Legislature last year, is made up of
representatives from various state and federal agencies, the
environmental community, professional organizations, the utility
industry, municipalities and groundwater conservation and irrigation
The group is scheduled to finish its work by November and present
its recommendations to state lawmakers.
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