Cargill to fund Texas Rural Water Association’s Leak Detection Program

Cargill to fund Texas Rural Water Association’s Leak Detection Program
Program addresses water challenges in rural Texas

Austin, Texas: Cargill is providing funding to Texas Rural Water Association’s (TRWA) Water Loss Prevention Program and Texan by Nature through their Cargill Currents North America program to expand water leak detection services to communities near Friona, Texas. This milestone is a major win for the TRWA’s goal to fund dedicated leak detection support to utilities. Additional line and leak detection equipment enables current TRWA staff to conduct these services and significantly impacts water loss control efforts in these communities. Through the Cargill Currents North America program managed by Global Water Challenge, Cargill’s generous grant supports equipment purchases and increases bandwidth for TRWA to fulfill its goals. This project will kick off in January 2024.

“Water is one of the most valuable resources in Texas,” says Jenny Bennett, Project Manager, Global Water Challenge, “Supporting TRWA’s continued efforts for water safety and conservation in rural communities through our Cargill Currents North America program is paramount to ensuring accessibility for all.”

In 2022, the program reached 687 community water systems with technical assistance. TRWA estimates a 20% reduction in water loss from utilities they assist. “We are excited to work with Cargill and Global Water Challenge through this grant to advance our technical assistance and address water loss for utilities in Texas. Texans are becoming more aware of the limited availability of this essential resource, so we take great pride in making an impact to conserve what we have and make it go further by limiting what we are losing in the state,” says Jason Knoblock, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Rural Water Association. 

TRWA’s project was identified in the Texas Water Action Collaborative (TxWAC) portfolio as a match to Cargill Currents North America’s programmatic goals. Led by Texan by Nature, TxWAC is a coalition of industry, nonprofit, and governmental organizations established in 2021 to increase investments in efforts that yield positive returns for Texas’ water resources. 

TxN continues to catalyze organizational support through TxWAC, most recently:

  • Activating over $1.4 million in conservation funding in 2023 and over $3.4 million since the initial pilot in 2021
  • Cultivating 50+ projects statewide representing at least 10 of Texas’s 15 river basins and over $84 million in funding opportunities

“We’re proud of the impact TxWAC is having as a hub for accelerating investments and impact through collaborative partnerships between nonprofit, corporate, and community stakeholders,” says Joni Carswell, President and CEO at Texan by Nature. “Catalyzing the relationship between Cargill and TRWA is another step in conserving one of our most precious natural resources and benefitting every Texan.”

To learn more about TxWAC, click here.


Karina Araujo
Texan by Nature

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About Cargill Currents:
Launched in 2021 and managed by Global Water Challenge (GWC), Cargill Currents is a community water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program that aims to address local water challenges faced by communities in over half of Cargill’s 25 priority watersheds for water access. The program will seek to build climate and community resilience, promote economic development and deliver multiple socio-economic benefits beyond just water access. Investments are directly supporting water access activities in Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, India and Ivory Coast. The program is expected to benefit up to 150,000 people with improved water access by the end of 2024. Cargill Currents North America is an expansion of the Cargill Currents program to support North American water security across Cargill’s priority watersheds in this region. 

About Global Water Challenge:
Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations deploying expertise and networks to advance global water security and achieve universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in communities around the world. Since 2006, GWC has positively impacted nearly 3 million across Africa, the Americas, and Asia with clean water access, and its campaigns, tools, data, and best practices reach millions more. In collaboration with multi-sector partners, GWC engages in action – catalyzing financial resources and driving innovative programming for sustainable, local solutions. For more information, please visit

About Texas Rural Water Association:
The Texas Rural Water Association is a statewide trade association that provides the full spectrum of education and technical assistance to serve  the rural water community. We are dedicated to helping water and wastewater systems provide efficient service and clean, safe drinking water to their customers. Learn more at

About Texan by Nature:
Texan by Nature (TxN) unites conservation and business leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity is dependent on the conservation of its natural resources. TxN, founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, acts as an accelerator for conservation groups and a strategic partner for business. TxN supports 140+ conservation organizations and has accelerated projects and programs that have impacted 7 million-plus people, 20 million acres, and all of Texas’ 254 counties Get involved and learn more at and follow us on Facebook @TexanbyNature, Twitter @TexanbyNature, and Instagram @texanbynature for the latest.