If the 2011 drought taught Texans one thing, it was how ill prepared we were for surviving without water. Not only does a water shortage destroy our harvest and burn out countryside, it can also result in energy shortages and unsanitary drinking water. So what are we doing to solve the problem? Out of the many options we have, diversifying our water sources and protecting our health with quality drinking water systems are some of the best defenses against the negative effects of droughts.
Government Takes Action
The Texas Water Development Board realized that if Texas continues to consume as much water as we currently do and our population continues to grow at the current rate, we will have an acute shortage of water within the next decade. They have been working with municipal and county governments to design a two-fold plan to ensure water security.
The first approach is conservation: the goal is that municipal conservation will account for 7 percent of a water savings plan; re-use will account for 10 percent; and conservation in irrigation will account for 17 percent of conservation efforts. This is by far in a way the most cost-efficient route.
The second approach is finding new water sources. We need to be actively searching for new sources of surface and underground water reserves. Moreover, the government aims to develop new reservoirs and aquifers as well as improve the storage strategy so that we are ready to handle times of scarcity. Over all, $2 billion have been set aside to implement the State Water Plan.
Adjusting our Lifestyle
At the end of the day, less water means worse quality water… Or does it?
“Re-using water” refers to the process of filtering sewage water into drinking water, a practice that has already taken foot in the Midland-Odessa area. While conservation is key, the idea of drinking sewage water undoubtably makes some uncomfortable. But there is no reason to sacrifice quality or health standards. A bottleless drinking water system from Mirex can reclean and purify the dirtiest of water making it refreshing and safe to drink. But drinking water systems won’t do much if you are still forced to drink sewer water at work. Ideally, you would have a purification system installed directly at work, which would help the overall health of your workplace.
Some grass root approaches to finding unique sources of clean drinking water, such as capturing and storing rain water, are becoming more popular in rural regions.
To learn more about the quality of water in your area or the benefits of getting a water purification system in your home, please call Mirex Aquapure Solutions at (713) 682-3000.