Texas Drought PSA

By Ko'a Moe, Cheyenne Marion, and Jasmine Sun

Where does Texas get its water from? Where does Coppell get it's water from?

Half of Texas water comes from underground aquifers. While the other half of Texas water comes from surface water such as rivers, and lakes. Looking at a closer perspective Coppell gets it's water from rivers and lakes.

When is the predicted time we may run out of water?

There have been many researchers worried about this topic. They all say that we will always have water, being oceans and seas etc, but they do believe that we are running out of fresh usable water. By what time? Researchers all have different opinions about when this will happen but most of them think it's around 2030 that global availability may lag demand by as much as 40%. There for by the year 2060, we will be well past 50% availability, and it's only going to get worse from her on out unless we all make a change.

How is our daily water usage impacting Dallas? How is our daily water usage impacting the United States of America?

In the Dallas water usage has to be well monitored, especially during the hot summers. In previous years Texas has had devistating droughts. According to National Geographic researchers, they believe that New Mexico is actually extracting too much ground water. And because of this there is not as much water going to Rio Grande River, overall causing there to be less rainfall in Texas.

Why should Texas water be conserved?

Considering the fact that we are running out of water, I think that not only Texas should conserve water, but all of America! But Texans can conserve water by watering their lawns on the right days, not running the dishwasher when it's half full, and fix leaks in their leaking pipes. Saving water is not some super hard thing, everone can do it! Some things you can do individually is shower for a shorter time and do all your thinking after you get out of it, not while your getting sprayed by water just wasting it. I know, everyone does it. Even something as that's as little as turning off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth is saving water, and statistics show that by doing that on average you would save 200 gallons a month. By doing all of this and trying our best to conserve water and getting a bunch of others to do it to, we should be able to change the predicted time of being without water.

What can the state do?

The state can implement certain water conservation programs, namely, monitoring the amount of water people use. The more water you use, the more you have to pay. A certain amount of water requires a certain price, and the more water usage you stack up, the more affected you are. It certainly encourages people to conserve water and also conserve their money. The state is also investing a large amount of money in agricultural technology, as most of the water is used in agriculture, by developing more efficient irrigation methods and other various methods for using less water on the crops.

What can you do?

There are tons of small things you can do. Don't worry, it doesn't require much work! But people would gladly appreciate it in the long run to save water.

  • Only run the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load. This is to not waste water. Try and check if any of these appliances have more water-friendly and conservative options as well.
  • Water your lawn (if you have one) on the right day. Texas can fine you for using too much water watering lawns. It's usually limited to a day or a couple of days per week, and only in times of drought.
  • Catch condensation from your AC and use it on your yard, plants, or lawn. Your AC unit can actually produce gallons of water per day if it's programmed correctly. Catch it in a bucket and use it to water your lawn/yard/garden.
  • Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. This can save up to 8 gallons of water per day.
  • Fix leaky faucets. Leaky faucets can waste up to 7 gallons of water per day.
  • Inspect your irrigation system for problems.
  • Inspect your faucets and shower heads for problems.
  • Install a water-conservative and efficient toilet. Toilets actually comprise 25% of the water we use at home. You can save up to 5 gallons per flush if you replace your toilet with a new model.
  • Get other people to help too. Just plain inform people about the problem! Challenge people to make up creative solutions.

How can we change the predicted time of being without water?

Simple. We need to put our efforts into more efficient water use. If we can carefully conserve water and/or give it to people that really need it, then we can gradually shift the predicted time of being without water farther and farther along in the future.

We can save the world, one drop at a time.