There are always the fears of flooding in Houston and considering this there is not always the ability to deal with water conservation in a way that is wanted. It has been said that rather than being a reality it is little more than a concept.
Some residents are clearly hoping to do all they can to conserve and are carrying out actions such as using rain water on the garden rather than turning on the sprinkler. These are the sort of actions that are being carried out by Bailey Haidamous and it is the fact that there are people doing this and there are still problems so it is being wondered what else can be done.
According to the man in charge of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, Michael Turco the water is not going to get any cheaper than it is now and the only change is going to be an increase. This body has been in existence for decades and was set up by the state legislature who wanted a way to maintain the water supply that is underground and ensure that subsidence was kept under strict control.
He continued by saying that “Water rates are continuing to go up…because of the demand”
Turco believes that it is up to everyone who lives in Houston and the area around it should be prepared to do more than they are when it comes to water conservation. It did not have to be difficult but could mean using saved rain water for the garden and changing the flush on the toilet to low flow.
The Mayor has joined in the discussions and claimed that a lot of the problems stem from the fact that there has always been enough water and people are not used to having to save it. Annise Park is well aware of the issue as she is in the process of carrying out work on the long term plans that are needed for conservation.
She was responsible for the Water Conservation Task force and while there has been delays with action, there have been a number of recommendations. A large part of the problem is an aging infrastructure that has many leaks and the request has been made that residents try to cut down use by a gallon a day and do so for a number of years.
Turco ends by saying “Drought is still impacting this area.”