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Drought Planning for the New Drought of Record, Scott Swanson, LaCosta Environmental, LLC


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    • 1. Drought PlanningFor the New Drought of Record
    • 2. DROUGHT OF RECORD30 TAC Ch. 288(a)(1)(E)(i)The drought contingency plan mustinclude drought or emergencyresponse stages providing for theimplementation of measures inresponse to a reduction inavailable water supply up to arepeat of the drought of record.
    • 4. POPULATIONHistorical0500000010000000150000002000000025000000300000001930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010POPULATION
    • 6. SURFACE WATERSquare miles of inland water in the 48contiguous states:Texas, 5,607Florida, 5,373Minnesota, 4,782Louisiana, 4,433
    • 8. PER CAPITA STORAGE CAPACITYHistorical0.000.501.001.502.002.501930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010AF per person
    • 9. GROUNDWATER• Over 1,000,000 water wells• 60 percent of the 16.1 million acre-feet ofwater used in Texas• 9 major and 21 minor aquifers• 99 Groundwater Conservation Districts
    • 10. GCDs
    • 11. DROUGHT CONTINGENCYPLAN• Temporary Demand Management− Water supply− System capacity− Mechanical failure• Emergency Responses− Backflow− Spill− Natural disaster
    • 12. DEVELOPMENT• Public Input• Triggers• Restrictions• Oversight• Penalties
    • 13. PLAN ADOPTION•Ordinance•Resolution•Tariff
    • 14. ONGOING EDUCATION• Drought status• Utility information• Triggers• Restrictions• Penalties• Water Conservation
    • 15. IMPLEMENTATION• Customer notification− Bill Inserts− PSAs− Media− Signs− Website/email− Other means• TCEQ notification− Water Availability Division(512) 239-4691
    • 16. ENFORCEMENT• Cities• Districts• WSCs• IOUs
    • 17. WATER CONSERVATIONA combination of strategies for:• Reducing the volume of waterwithdrawn from a water supplysource;• Reducing the loss or waste of water;• Maintaining or improving theefficiency in the use of water;• Increasing the recycling and reuse ofwater; and• Preventing the pollution of water.
    • 18. BEST MANAGEMENTPRACTICESEfficiency measures that:• Save a quantifiable amount ofwater, either directly orindirectly;• Can be implemented within aspecific time frame;• Can help in determining actualwater savings.
    • 19. CONCLUSIONS• The historic Drought of Record is notthe worst case scenario;• Many parts of the state areexperiencing a new Drought of Recordevery day;• Recurring drought is forcing DroughtContingency and Water ConservationPlanning together;• Don’t wait for the drought to startplanning!
    • 20. CONTACTScott SwansonLaCosta Environmental, 694-8150