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Water use is up this year

Posted July 5, 2017

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Water usage from 2017 is largely the same as last year until May, when usage showed a significant increase over 2016 levels

Many Fort Worth water customers are probably seeing higher bills, and the reason is simple: they’re using more water.

Fort Worth reports an 11 percent increase in usage for its system, which includes 30 surrounding communities. The other entities comprise 30-35 percent of overall system water use each year.

From January through June, system water use totals just over 3 billion gallons more than during the same period in 2016. The highest daily usage so far this year was 243.5 million gallons on June 21. That is well below the all-time record of 368 million gallons on Aug. 3, 2011.

“Weather plays a significant role in water use, especially in summer,” said Interim Water Director Kara Shuror. “Water use rises with the temperature, but all it takes is overcast skies for usage to drop. When it does rain, water use really plummets.”

Even though Fort Worth’s water supply lakes are almost full, Shuror reminded customers that each location has assigned watering days. The City Council adopted the year-round, twice-per-week schedule in 2014.

Reduce your consumption

There are steps customers can take to lower water use:

  • Experts say deep and infrequent watering is the key to having a healthy lawn. All it takes is one inch of water every week.
  • Customers in homes built before 1994 can apply to receive up to two free, ultra-low-flow toilets that use less than half the amount of water per flush.
  • Only washing full loads of laundry or dishes, turning the water off while brushing your teeth or shaving and taking shorter showers all add up to lower water use.

Visit the Save Fort Worth Water website to learn about the Smart Irrigation and Smart Flush programs and other water-saving tips.

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