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Austin | Texas | 78705
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Welcome to the Clean Water Fund's Xeriscape Headquarters for Texas
Please use the resources on this site to transform your yard and your community’s landscape to protect our water resources.
You now have the right to plant a water efficient landscape in your yard.
Senate Bill198, passed by the Texas Legislature in June 2013, prevents homeowner associations from banning xeriscaping, as many now do. HOAs will still be able to lay down guidelines for landscapes and require prior approval to all changes in a landscape, but may not “unreasonably restrict' the ability of a homeowner to conserve water. The new law went into effect on September 1, 2013.
We are working in local communities and at the state level on behalf of sustainable water policies that protect drinking water at its source, preserve wetlands and aquifer recharge Azones, and conserve water for the future. We are working to persuade policy makers to prioritize conservation above expensive new reservoirs and treatment plants—a policy that would also save the energy needed to treat and distribute this water.