Austin and San Antonio
A Tale of Two Cities
A number of Texas cities have developed comprehensive water conservation programs. They use the latest conservation techniques and incentives to maximize water supplies.
Here are examples of cities offering incentives as well as penalties to encourage water conservation.
- up to $200 for pool covers that prevent evaporation
- up to $1,250 for the conversion of areas planted in turf grass to drought-tolerant native plants and permeable hardscape
- free showerheads and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators that reduce water usage
- $100 for the purchase and installation of a pressure regulating valve
- free irrigation system evaluations
- up to $40 for timers to be used with hose-end sprinklers
- up to $400 for improvements to existing irrigation systems to increase their efficiency
- free soil moisture meters and slow-release watering bags for trees
If everyone in the Austin area reduced their water use by just 10 percent, the community could save 13 million gallons of water each day.
The San Antonio Water System offers free home water audits and up to two free water-efficient toilets per household, along with free water-efficient fixtures. It also offers:
- $100 for “water-wise” landscaping features
- up to $400 for the creation of “WaterSaver” landscaping
- $250 for high-efficiency cartridge filter systems for high-efficiency cartridge filters for swimming pools
- up to $800 for water-saving improvements to in-ground irrigation systems
To see how we propose encouraging Texas cities to adopt proactive water conservation practices, visit our recommendations page or download Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution (PDF).