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Saving Water Outdoors: Water My Yard Program for the Gulf Coast

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Presentation by Mike Turco, General Manager of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, at the 2017 Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium.

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Saving Water Outdoors: Water My Yard Program for the Gulf Coast

  1. 1. Harris - Galveston and Fort Bend Subsidence Districts G U L F C O A S T W A T E R C O N S E R V A T I O N S Y M P O S I U M F E B R U A R Y 2 2 , 2 0 1 7 H O U S T O N , T X The Subsidence District’sWater Conservation Program – providing tools and education to improve household water conservation in the Houston Region
  2. 2. The Program •Began in the 1990s with the introduction of the Waterwise school education program. •Local entities sponsor students in the program from local school and the District provides a groundwater credit based on the conservation potential of the program to offset source water conversion regulations. •This voluntary program is completely sponsor supported. •Over the years, the program has grown to provide educational materials and home water conservation tools to nearly 70,000 students in Harris, Galveston, and Fort Bend Counties.
  3. 3. The Program – 2017… •Outdoor Irrigation can account for 40% of a homes total water use annually – and that’s during a normal rainfall year. •In 2015, Harris Galveston Subsidence District Water Conservation Committee identified landscape irrigation as a priority issue for the program. •Currently, both the Harris-Galveston and Fort Bend Districts are working with Texas A&M University and have set up a District’s-wide WATERMYYARD network.
  4. 4. Outdoor Irrigation Campaign •Two primary components to the implementation • WaterMyYard Program with Texas A&M University • Installation of ET network and development of District specific web tools to educate and notify registered users on the best water management practices to ensure a vibrant landscape while conserving water • Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices – Outreach and Media • Working with other local entities (i.e. City of Houston, Water Authorities, MUDs, Municipalities), develop and disseminate similar messages across the District area. Unified message, unified purpose.
  5. 5. http://watermyyard.org Get out your cell phones! Bookmark watermyyard.org – signup for automatic notifications TODAY!
  6. 6. SERVING THE GULF COAST COMMUNITY SINCE 1975

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