Save Water Now to Save Money Later

Water Conservation 2013

Where does our water come from?

The water that you use on a daily basis generally comes from 1 of 4 places: Surface water such as lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, or groundwater such as a well.

In the Dallas area, water sources include the Elm fork of the Trinity River, Ray Roberts Lake, Lewisville Lake, Grapevine Lake, Ray Hubbard Lake, Tawakoni Lake, and Fork Lake.

Using the link provided below, you can click on a map to locate your water source!

When is the end?

The predicted time we may run out of water is not a definite date. However, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the state of Texas is expected to experience persisting and intensifying drought throughout the next three months. The outlook does not seem positive when 97% of the state is under drought conditions and only 65% of the reservoirs in Texas are full.

Nevertheless, there does not have to be a time when we will run out of water if you do your part to start conserving today! Even the simplest of duties can help, and there's no better day to start than today.

What is the impact?

Our daily water usage impacts the local ecology in more ways than one. As the drought goes on and Texans continue to use up so much water, the agricultural industry is taking a blow. This, in turn, raises the prices of food for Texans. To add to it, the drought and our water usage hurts electricity producers. Power plants use water from rivers and lakes as a part of their cooling down process (40 percent of what's taken is used for this according to the Texas Tribune), and because of the water shortage some power plants have had to reduce operations and almost shut down.

Conserve, Why?

It is imperative for Texans to conserve water at this point because a good majority of the state's lakes and water sources are depleted or polluted. In addition, Texas was rated the number one water consumer between the months of April and July. It is simple to conserve! The six conservation methods above may seem unlikely to make a great impact, but in reality you can save an average of 28 gallons of water per week just by following through with those simple tasks. As a state, if everyone gave even a little effort to conserve, thousands of gallons of water could be saved!

It all starts with you; there is nothing wrong with beginning small. Start by making a difference in your own life, and then in your community. Little by little, enough water could eventually be saved so that Texas will not be in as great a danger of running out of our precious resource.