Texas Drought Brings Trouble to Resident Budgets
This year’s Texas drought is threatening the monthly budgets and long-term Texas savings accounts of homeowners across the state.
Due to the short water supply in Texas, many cities in the state like Midland, have taken to raising water rates on residents. However, the chief financial officer with the San Antonio Water system shared that this reality may not go so well among homeowners.
“Every time we have to raise rates, it is a battle,” said Evanson. In 2010, the city increased rates on those who demonstrated the most water usage by 33 percent and another rise in rates is expected to discourage homeowners to reduce their water waste.
Texas Drought Runs Savings Accounts Dry
To address the pressing need to conserve water in the midst of the Texas drought, officials will raise rates yet again. With the water need expected to grow 70 percent by 2060, major cities are deciding to charge the top water users a tiered charge on water instead of a flat rate as was done in the past.
The hike in water rates will present a detrimental blow to the pockets and bottom line of residents’ Texas savings accounts. Luckily, the tiered aspect of the new rate system will not drastically affect homes who have minimal water use, but will challenge homeowners — especially those with a green thumb — to keep water waste low from run-off and general overuse.
How to Help the Water Supply in Texas
According to environmentalists, the best way to sustain the water supply in Texas is to minimize the amount of water used on watering lawns.
Watering the lawn over summer accounts for 50-80 percent of water use in the home during these hot months. Homeowners who refuse to reduce their use can expect to see a considerable jump in costs. For example, the city of Snyder charged $43 last year to customers whose monthly use was 10,000 gallons, now this charge will rise to $60 per month.
The summer months are just getting started, so to avoid being negatively affected by the Texas drought, water lawns before 6AM and after 8PM to ensure that the water doesn’t evaporate.