San Marcos residents need to become more conscious of their water usage in order to conserve resources while Texas continues to suffer from a drought.
According to a Feb. 5 Huffington Post article, the drought that has plagued Texas for the last several years is on track to become the second-worst on record. Though some parts of the state are better off than others, there is no doubt every region of Texas has been affected in some way or another.
Rain has been sparse in Hays County over the last few years, and the state of the San Marcos River is evidence.
Students taking a dip or floating down the river this summer might have noticed the water level was lower than usual.
According to an Oct. 3 Austin American-Statesman article, lakes Travis and Buchanan only climbed from 31 percent full to 33 percent full during recent rains, and in November they are expected to set a new drought record. Although these issues may not be obvious to the general public, the drought is a reality that requires the cooperation of all Texas residents to combat.
According to the same Huffington Post article, Texas has only received 68 percent of its average yearly rainfall, and reservoirs are at their lowest levels since 1990. The state’s water supply is at a mere 59.4 percent, compared to 68.4 percent last year, according to an Oct. 11 Star-Telegram article.
With no immediate relief in sight, San Marcos residents and students need to be mindful of their water consumption and practice conservation techniques in an attempt to save rapidly dwindling water resources. Water conservation is not an option—it is an obligation. If residents do not change their habits, the depletion of state water reservoirs will continue unchecked.
Residents and students need not completely change their lifestyles in order to save water. Small changes such as watering the lawn in the evening instead of during the day can make a huge difference. Water is an integral part of day-to-day life and cannot afford to be carelessly wasted.
Texas State students can make a difference, too. It may seem obvious, but just turning the water off while brushing teeth, taking shorter showers, washing pets outside or turning off automatic ice makers can help save water. Using dishwashers and washing machines only for full loads, fixing leaks or faulty plumbing and tightly turning off water faucets to prevent drips can make a significant difference over time.
Although the drought has created serious problems for San Marcos and Texas at large, there are several things residents and students can do to improve the situation. By actively conserving water and forming good habits, San Marcos residents and Texas State students can help save precious water resources.