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Posted on: February 20, 2019

City releases draft water conservation and drought contingency plans for public comment

Galveston, TX – February 20, 2019 –The City of Galveston this month will host a public hearing on its proposed Water Conservation Plan and take written comments on the plan before City Council considers its adoption in March.

Staff recently finished the process of updating and revising the City of Galveston’s Water Conservation Plan. This important document guides the City’s policy-making and provides an outline of the City’s plan to reduce water loss, improve the efficiency of water utilities, and extend the life of current water supplies.

A public hearing on the plan will be held during the City Council meeting beginning at 1:15 p.m. February 28, 2019. The Galveston City Council will consider adoption of the updated Water Conservation Plan during a City Council meeting on March 28, 2019.

“Water is our most precious resource and fundamental to the sustainability and growth of Galveston,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “In recent years, we’ve made enormous progress addressing leaks and losses in our aging system, while also investing in important improvements for our water infrastructure. This updated Water Conservation Plan serves as an outline for our water conservation goals and as a guide during drought or other water emergencies.”

One of the key elements in water conservation is the careful tracking of water use and control of losses through illegal diversion and leaks. Careful metering of water deliveries and water use, detection and repair of leaks in the distribution system and regular monitoring of unaccounted water are important in controlling losses. The City of Galveston has taken numerous proactive steps to meet these goals, and is developing further plans to address leaks in the entire distribution system.

The plan also addresses five- and ten-year targets for water savings; water usage and water rates; and public education campaigns.

The new Water Conservation Plan, which also includes the updated drought contingency plan, is available on the City’s website and in the City Manager’s Office for viewing. The reports follow the best practices and requirements set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Development Board.

The City of Galveston welcomes public feedback on this document. Written comments may be submitted via email to citysecretary@galvestontx.govor in person in Room 201 at City Hall, 823 Rosenberg or during the public hearing and city council meeting.

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