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Texas Water Report:
Going Deeper for the Solution

Note: This report was released Jan. 14, 2014, and may contain outdated information.
To locate more recent data, use the resources guide in the PDF version of the report.

The Nexus of Energy and Water

A maxim for the 21st Century: Saving water saves energy. Saving energy saves water.

Turning off the faucet is one thing. But did you realize that every time you turn on the lights or plug in an appliance, you’re probably using water as well? Water plays a vital role in most forms of energy production. In fact, cutting energy consumption is a quick way to save water.

Sandia National Laboratories estimates that supplying the U.S. with electricity produced from fossil fuels and nuclear energy requires 190,000 million gallons of water each day.

Water shortages can limit our ability to create energy.

The best way to save energy is to save water. Water processing consumes energy throughout the production cycle. 1. Raw water extracted. 2. Water transported for treatment. 3. water treated for drinking. 4. treated water distributed to consmers. 5. Waste water collected. 6. waste water released. 7. waste water transported for treatment. 8. recyled water gets extra treatment. The best way to save water is to save energy. Drought conditions impact water production. 1.less rain means less water. 2. smaller bodies of water warm more easily. 3. power plants require more water for cooling. 4. power plants operate less efficiently. 5. hotter weather creates more energy demand.

Source: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy.

Michael Webber, associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the link between water and energy.

Find out how water scarcity will increasingly factor into issues such as energy production and economic growth. Download a PDF of our report, Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution (PDF).