WATER CONSERVATION PLAN
Water supply has always been a key issue in the development of Texas. In recent years, the increasing population and economic development in the Texas Water Development Lower Colorado Regional Water Planning Group (Region K) have led to growing demands for water. Additional supplies to meet higher demands are becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to develop. Therefore, it is imperative that we make efficient use of the existing supplies and make them last as long as possible. This will delay the need for new supplies, minimize the environmental impacts associated with developing new supplies, and delay the high cost of additional water supply development.
Recognizing the need for efficient use of existing water supplies, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has developed guidelines and requirements governing the development of water conservation plans for public water suppliers. The TCEQ rules governing the development of water conservation plans for public water suppliers are contained in Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 288, Subchapter A, Rule 288.2 of the Texas Administrative Code. For the purpose of these rules, a water conservation plan is defined as:“A strategy or combination of strategies for reducing the volume of water withdrawn from a water supply source, for reducing the loss or waste of water, for maintaining or improving the efficiency in the use of water, for increasing the recycling and reuse of water, and for preventing the pollution of water. A water conservation plan may be a separate document identified as such or may be contained within another management document(s).”
The City of Bastrop has adopted this water conservation plan pursuant to TCEQ guidelines and requirements. The objectives of this water conservation plan are:To reduce water consumption.To reduce the loss and waste of water.To identify the level of water reuse.To improve efficiency in the use of water.To extend the life of current water supplies/facilities by reducing the rate of growth in demand.