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To support the goals of the Division, the Committee is launching a blog on the TAWWA.org website to highlight existing utilities and programs across the state. This blog will provide valuable information on existing programs and highlight how more information on the programs can be obtained, thus creating an online database of water education resources.

 

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Water IQ: Know your water

Posted By Karen E. Menard, Wednesday, July 15, 2015

 

Water IQ: Know your water

 

Research shows that knowing where your water comes from is the key to conservation. Increased awareness of water conservation helps reduce costs of future water projects, saves existing water resources, and ensures the availability of water for future generations. Through Water IQ, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and its partners raise awareness about the importance of water conservation.

Water IQ is a public awareness water conservation program that educates Texans about their water resources. It helps utilities meet state requirements for developing a water conservation plan and serves as a best management practice.

While complementing and reinforcing local conservation programs, Water IQ promotes the importance and relevance of water conservation to all Texans. Through its clear conservation message, Water IQ offers an easy-to-identify brand, a variety of materials, and a network of groups and communities dedicated to educating Texans about water conservation.

The Water IQ website provides an opportunity for Texans to learn more about water conservation efforts throughout the state. It also allows Texans to identify sources of drinking water, supplies for the future, and gallons per capita per day. Through an online zip code locator tool, communities can learn about their local water resources. For information to be available on your zip code, your water provider has to provide the TWDB with its local zip codes and its website address.

Currently, more than 80 entities are Water IQ partners, representing more than a quarter of Texas zip codes.

Water conservation brochures and other educational materials are available for indoor and outdoor water conservation at home, as well as agricultural and industrial water use. To order these publications, which are available for free in limited quantities, please call 512-463-7955. For larger quantities, order forms are available on the TWDB’s publications page.

In addition, Developing a Water Conservation Public Awareness Program: A Guide for Utilities, helps utilities develop and implement an effective outreach program by using mass media.

Water suppliers, utilities, cities, state agencies, and nonprofit groups are encouraged to participate in Water IQ. By joining Water IQ, utilities and communities will help deliver a clear, unified water conservation message to the state and encourage conservation in their regions.

To obtain more information or to find out how you can use Water IQ in your local area, please visit WaterIQ.org or send a request to wateriq@twdb.texas.gov.

 

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