DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The largest regional water conference in the country is beginning on Monday in Dallas. The city is hosting Texas Water 2014, and the key talks are all about the state’s drought. The four-day conference looks at the technical aspects involved in the business of supplying water across Texas.
Many of the conversations will be centered on conservation, the drought, how Texans water their lawns, and how to keep Texas from drying up.
Fort Worth is one of the latest cities moving into tighter watering restrictions. Last week, the city council voted unanimously to keep the current water restrictions in place year-round.
Those attending the Dallas conference will look at many aspects of the drought and how we, as consumers, use water. Experts will have sessions to discuss the best ways to preserve water and reuse it. Some of the best and most experienced minds in the industry will be on hand, looking at ways to tackle water problems.
One year ago, the statewide capacity in Texas lakes was at 67 percent. Before rainfall on Sunday, the lakes were at 69 percent. Lake Bridgeport is down more than 21 feet. Lake Granbury is down more than 10 feet. Jim Chapman Lake is down more than 11 feet. And, while recent storms have been helpful, it has not been enough to bring up those lake levels.
While much of the water conference will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, some of it will actually extend beyond the hotel’s walls. A group of volunteers are visiting south Dallas on Monday, clearing land to create an urban farm for residents.
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