Keeping Economic Development Flowing Through Water Conservation

Speaking at the Central Texas Water Efficiency Network Symposium in February, Amy Madison (Executive Director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation) signaled that water conservation and economic development departments are partners in community vitality. Ms. Madison argued that, after available property and a trained workforce, resource availability - especially reliable energy and water - is critical to attracting new employers and local amenities.

I selected the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark as my case study for this article to draw attention to this topic. While this was a controversial project for Pflugerville - given the Texas drought - the City did its homework, securing water conservation commitments from the developer and