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Higher water bills attributable to higher temperatures

Posted Oct. 24, 2019

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Fort Worth water utility customers used more water during this summer's intense heat in an effort to keep their lawns looking nice.

Fort Worth residents know that September was hot and dry. In fact, it was a record-setting month for hot weather.

Of the 30 days in September, 29 were above normal, and 23 were 95 degrees or hotter. Only one day of the month was below normal, and that was due to tropical storm Imelda. While the storm produced lots of rain in East Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth saw only a sprinkle. Nevertheless, cloud coverage kept temperatures to just 82 degrees on Sept. 19.

The long stretch of record-breaking temperatures and little rain has increased water use. Now, that is being reflected on customers’ bills. Those bills have the water utility fielding a higher number of concerned calls than usual this time of year.

Water use this summer rivaled the record-setting amount used in 2011, the last time North Texas experienced several consecutive days of extreme high heat. That year still holds the record.

This year, residents used the most water on Aug. 21 — 314.735 million gallons. Sept. 11 had the highest water use for that month — 295.136 million gallons.

Learn more about saving water in the landscape and in your home.

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