All of Texas producers, suppliers, landscape designers and architects, and contractors are concerned about how to manage water. There are few areas of the state that are immune to these concerns. But in North Texas, the booming urban population is increasing demands for water but the supply is not guaranteed. Between Oklahoma and Texas, there are ongoing discussions about sourcing water from Lake Texoma which is contaminated with the zebra mussel (the invasive pest clogs up everything and breeds quickly). In Central Texas, particularly around San Antonio and Austin, the LCRA and local governments are working to find the right mix of efforts to meet consumer and business demands for this most precious resource.
The drought is statewide, and lawmakers are here in Austin, meeting to determine what they can do to help save our economic future.
Sustainability is the key here. Citizens and businesses need water to survive. Our industry, in particular the producers, along with our sister industry of agriculture, are finding themselves under attack for being high users. The attention always goes to where the volume is.
Similarly, landscaping companies who design, build, or maintain commercial or residential properties find themselves struggling to keep up with local municipal regulations. The City of Dallas has different regulations than its surrounding suburbs. The same is true with the City of Austin and it’s surrounding suburbs. There are no consistent standards that a company can adhere to, so if you’re serving customers in different areas, you need to know all the rules.
We, the professional members of the Green Industry, have a responsibility to our customers. They look to us as advisors for reliable advice. We need to be up on the latest technologies in irrigation equipment, planting practices, and water wise techniques.
So while our lawmakers try to determine if they can fund water projects around the state, we in the Green Industry are still the front lines of helping with conservation. When every gallon counts, technology can be our friend.
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