Water

Water is a valuable resource that should not be wasted. The North Texas area is rapidly growing in population and by 2070, the Region C Water Planning Group anticipates that the total water demands for the region are to increase 71 percent. On a region-wide basis, Region C does not have enough water supplies to meet the anticipated demands, with the vast majority of deficits occurring in the municipal category. Below are case studies, tools, and resources offering guidance to local governments, educational institutions, and public and private entities on strategies to reduce water use and increase water efficiency across many sectors.

Goal: 
Reduce water usage for existing buildings/operations as well as new buildings/infrastructure by 50%.

 

The Dallas 2030 District has set water reduction goals for the 27 million committed square feet within Dallas.  For existing buildings, the goal is a minimum 20% reduction below the current district average by 2020, with incremental targets, reaching a 50% reduction by 2030.  For new buildings, major renovations, and new infrastructure, the goal is an immediate 50% reduction below the current district average.

 

This interactive map highlights buildings and communities throughout the North Central Texas region have been certified by third-party organizations that recognize sustainable excellence in the built environment.

Goal: 
Reduce energy and water intensity of buildings by 20% each.

 

The City of Fort Worth has committed to the Better Buildings Challenge, setting a goal of a 20% reduction in both energy and water intensity of buildings over ten years.  The City pledged 20 million square feet to energy intensity reduction goals and 5.7 million square feet to water intensity reduction.

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The City of Plano's The Great Update Rebate program is designed to provide an incentive (rebate) to homeowners of older properties to update and maintain their homes. 

The City of Plano's Green Business Certification (GBC) program recognizes businesses that have taken steps toward sustainability in the areas of general education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable purchasing.

The Water Conservation Rebate Program offers rebates to residents who install rain/freeze sensors, high efficiency toilets, and pressure reducing values.

The Community Captain Program is a grassroots volunteer network who help to spread the message about water conservation and the protection of our water supply in the community. It recruits WaterWise Community Captains for every neighborhood in Frisco; they are responsible for sharing water efficiency information with neighbors. 

The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center's mission is to inspire the use of native plants and to improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness.
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The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center education activities are focused on urban needs in planning and implementing strategies for convenience, quality of life, economic attractiveness, and sustainable stewardship of natural resources.
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The Fort Worth Water Department supports the Save Fort Worth Water outreach campaign to provide educational resources to residents and surrounding communities.
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