The April 9 article, “Fort Worth City Council approves permanent watering restrictions,” quoted the statements of Linda Christie of the Tarrant Regional Water District: “Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston already ‘have a water conservation plan that is effective, is implemented and is stronger’ than Fort Worth’s.”
Christie’s claims were crafted to persuade the council that Fort Worth was falling behind in conservation. In fact, in the case of San Antonio and Houston, her statement is demonstrably false.
Both San Antonio and Houston utilize year-round voluntary conservation when not in drought. Their conservation policy nearly mirrors the policy that Fort Worth has just discarded.
Of the six largest cities in Texas, Fort Worth was formerly in the majority, using voluntary conservation when not in drought.
Fort Worth has enacted a policy that is more restrictive than the water conservation policies of Phoenix, Tulsa, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Tucson, Denver, Atlanta, Omaha, Houston, Chicago, Oklahoma City and El Paso. Our new restrictions are not standard throughout the U.S. and certainly not in our region of the country.
It is disappointing that TRWD chose to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt about our water situation rather than deal in facts.