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When water use spikes with extreme heat, so do water bills

Posted July 26, 2018

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Water usage has been high so far this summer. On the bright side, water supply in area lakes is above 92 percent.

Water use correlates to the weather. Just the hint of a rain cloud and water use drops. When it is hot and dry, water use rises. And when it is extremely hot, water use spikes.

It should not be a surprise that the top five water use days of the year (so far) occurred last week when high temperatures were all well into the 100s. Customers are using more water — probably to save their landscapes — so they will be seeing higher bills.

Here is look at the usage numbers, which include Fort Worth and the 30 other cities and entities it supplies: July 21, 355.54 million gallons.
July 19, 352.78 million gallons.
July 22, 349.50 million gallons.
July 18, 341.71 million gallons.
July 20, 325.50 million gallons.
July 25, 355.96 million gallons.

While the numbers are high, they are still less than the water system’s all-time max day of 367.98 million gallons set on Aug. 3, 2011. That was the last time this area saw consecutive days of extremely high temperatures. The 2011 record remains even though Fort Worth added more than 125,000 in population since then. Plus there are more people in the other communities served by the water utility, such as Southlake, Keller, Burleson, Crowley, Northlake and Hurst.

The good news is we started the summer with the water supply in area lakes in great shape. As of July 24, water supply is at 92.49 percent of capacity.

Learn how to save water in the landscape and in your home.

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