Water supply has always been a key issue in the development of Texas. In recent years, the growing population and economic development of North Central Texas has led to increasing demands for water supplies. At the same time, local and less expensive sources of water supply are largely developed. Additional supplies to meet higher demands will be expensive and difficult to develop. It is therefore important that the City of Gainesville and its customers make the most efficient use of existing supplies. This will delay the need for new supplies, minimize the environmental impacts associated with developing new supplies, and delay the high cost of additional water supply development.
Recognizing the need for efficient use of existing water supplies, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) has developed guidelines and requirements governing the development of water conservation and drought contingency plans for public water suppliers1. TCEQ guidelines and requirements are included in Appendix B. The City has developed this water conservation and water resource and emergency management plan following TCEQ guidelines and requirements.