Water supply, quality may be issue in future in Houston

January 29, 2011 4:21:56 AM PST
The population of our area is expected to double in the next 50 years, but right now we don't have enough water to deal with that kind of jump. "The Center for Houston's Future" conference came up with both figures. Water experts are now trying to figure out how to increase the water supply even as urban sprawl consumes watersheds. One major issue is that 50 to 60 percent of our water supply is used to water lawns.

"A lot of it is just education, learning how to not water so much, put compost on your lawns, and even use less yard," said John Jacob with the Texas Coastal Watershed Program.

Another problem is that 87 percent of the waterways of the greater Houston area are too polluted for recreation or fishing. Water pollution comes from a variety of sources. Pesticides used for farming, treated waste water, and runoff from the petrochemical industry all contaminate streams.