Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and State Rep. Todd Hunter joined Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez and business leaders Monday to challenge Texans to step up daily water conservation efforts by utilizing the Texas Water Smart program.

State climatologist reports the current drought, which started four years ago, is among the five worst in the past 500 years and it is taking a heavy toll on the Lone Star State. Voluntary water conservation is one of the keys to ensuring Texans have sufficient water for decades to come.

Texas Water Smart is a public-private coalition that encourages households and businesses to adopt everyday habits to curb wasteful water usage.