The state’s population is expected to double in the next three decades, driving a projected 35 percent increase in municipal water demand. Onsite water resources can be a viable, cost-effective solution to meeting the demand driven by this growth.
A growing number of communities are already taking advantage of these resilient water solutions. The City of Austin recently adopted a 100-year water supply plan that envisions a four-fold population jump without having to import new water supplies. The city’s Water Forward plan estimates that a third of future additional supplies can be sourced within the city itself from buildings that capture and reuse their own water, enhancing the performance of the big infrastructure projects it will need to reuse and store water. Nearby, the Wimberley Independent School District is constructing a new “One Water” school that will source most of its water from rainwater and onsite wastewater treatment, thus reducing groundwater needs by 90 percent.
Texas Water Trade is committed to working with other municipalities to pursue similar projects. Among our specific priorities is helping at least one community in the I-35 Corridor in Central Texas to develop plans and permitting processes to advance onsite water resources as part of new growth.