Conservation Matters August 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Learn about urban landscape water use with new publications

Learn about urban landscape water use with new publications

Urban-municipal use is the second largest category of water use in Texas, and landscape irrigation is its largest component. A new article in the Texas Water Journal and an accompanying Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) brochure provide an evaluation of urban landscape acreage in Texas, associated water use and strategies for improved water conservation in the sector.

“Addressing the current knowledge gaps and developing practices that significantly enhance water-use efficiency in urban activities, particularly landscape irrigation, is necessary to the Texas economy,” said Dr. Kevin Wagner, TWRI associate director.

Authored by Wagner, Dr. Raul Cabrera, associate professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde, and Dr. Benjamin Wherley, assistant professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, the Texas Water Journal article is available at

The Urban Landscape Water Use in Texas brochure complements another TWRI publication, Status and Trends of Irrigated Agriculture in Texas. Both are available at

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