Texas, the nation’s fifth-most populous state, has seen record water usage, and it’s time to take it back, according to a coalition of conservative organizations.
The coalition announced Monday that it would use public lands, including water sources, to conserve water in the Lone Star State.
The alliance includes Texas A&M University, the Heritage Foundation, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Public Integrity, the Republican Liberty Caucus, Texas Environmental Law Center and the Texas Conservation Council.
The group will also use landfills to dispose of waste.
“Our focus is on water conservation,” said David Stokes, a spokesman for the coalition, which will begin by collecting data from the state’s landfilling plants.
“It’s about getting water to people who are already using it.”
Texas, a drought-stricken state, relies on millions of gallons of water for every gallon of electricity.
This year, the state has used more than 2.3 million gallons of the state-issued water.
It’s the fifth-highest amount in the nation, behind California, Texas, Colorado and Florida.
“Water conservation is the key to making the world a better place,” said Ryan Williams, executive director of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund, a conservation advocacy group.
“The fact that we are in a drought, and we’re getting to the point where we need to start getting rid of water and start using it responsibly is not only good for the economy but good for people’s health and well-being.”
The alliance’s goal is to use the landfiller plants for public health and environmental benefits, Williams said.
“We want to be a catalyst for change.”