Posted by John Hamilton on Nov 16, 2017
Many cities experienced water shortages during the recent drought and the population is expected to double within 35 years according to Katrina Matrich. She is a professional engineer, civil engineer and student in a special Luthern deaconess program. This program, part of Texas Impact, is a lobbying organization striving for social justice for Muslims, Jews and Christians. Ms. Matrich specializes in her area of expertist, water planning.

Water is critical for life. We must have water to live. The crops we use and the animals we consume require water. Plants nurtured by water use photosynthesis to return oxygen to the air for us to breath.

Where do we get water and how do we use it? Surface water comes from the sky and lakes and makes up half of the usable water for us. Municipalities use 51% of the surface water, manufacturing uses 15%, 8% is used in power generation and 22% goes to agriculture. Surface water is not reliable because weather is not reliable. Of groundwater supplies, or aquifers, 72% is used for irrigation. Our northern Texas aquifers do not replenish themselves very efficiently. The Edwards Aquifer near Austin does replenish but faces high population growth.

Water planning reached a new high in 1955 with a drought covering the whole state. That is when many surface lakes including Lake Waxahachie were built. Organizations were set up by legislators to plan, conserve and prepare for future growth. After the 2013 drought the Texas Water Development Board was set up for conservation and to plan for responsible development. All types of water users are represented on the Board. Ellis County is in Region C. Ms. Matrich recommended attending their meetings, volunteering and maybe in the future joining the Board. Projects scheduled for Waxahachie include dredging Lake Waxahachie, conservation, new water lines and more.

We all have a role in water conservation and planning and we are all called to act.

Ms. Matich provides presentations for groups who may become active in some way in our water planning. To contact her, email or visit the group’s website at .

For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie where we believe in Service Above Self and doing things as a club we cannot do alone, visit the club web site at . You can find American flag subscription forms there.