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The Sabine River Authority of Texas is committed to providing adequate supplies of high quality water to municipal, industrial, agricultural and recreational users of Sabine Basin water. Water conservation is an integral element of that effort.

There are a variety of benefits to be gained by implementing water conservation practices. Using water conservation to reduce demand in water-poor areas and areas of rapid population growth is one way to increase available water supplies without having to develop additional water resources. This provides economic benefits to the end users of the water as well as the utility responsible for supplying water. Water rates are likely to increase at a lower rate if the large capital expenses of developing reservoirs or other water supply sources can be avoided or delayed.

In environmentally sensitive habitats, water conservation can make water available for continuous instream flows. Water conservation can reduce the amount of water which is discharged to wastewater treatment plants for treatment prior to discharge into the State's lakes and streams. In some instances, discharging a reduced amount of treated wastewater into the waterways could improve water quality and enhance the quality of the aquatic habitat.

Entities applying for a new Texas water rights permit or an amendment to an existing water rights permit are required to submit a water conservation plan (Title 31, Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 295-297). According to the rule, conservation means "those practices, techniques, and technologies that will reduce the consumption of water, reduce the loss or waste of water, improve the efficiency in the use of water, or increase the recycling and reuse of water so that a water supply is made available for future alternative uses."

The most productive conservation measure available to a regional entity such as the Sabine River Authority is the effective development and protection of water resources. The Authority has a joint use permit on Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork that allows customers to divert water from either reservoir and is evaluating future system operation of these reservoirs with Toledo Bend which would allow SRA to optimize available water supplies.

 The Sabine River Authority has a long history of water quality protection activities, including a comprehensive water quality monitoring program coordinated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and is actively conducting other water quality assessments associated with the State of Texas' Clean Rivers Program in order to protect the water resources of the Basin. The Authority has a well-developed information and education program, using its website to inform people in the Basin and elsewhere of the Authority's activities and any new regulations recently enacted. The Authority also participates in the Major Rivers program by distributing educational materials to elementary schools throughout the Basin.

The Sabine River Authority of Texas Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan outlines the means the Authority will use to promote water conservation: education and information programs; conservation oriented rate structures; universal metering and meter repair and replacement; leak detection and repair program; target per capita use; recycling and reuse programs; technical assistance in development of conservation plans; and enforcement.

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