We drink it. Clean with it. Cook, bathe and play with it. In North Texas, we depend on a system of reservoirs for the water we need to do all those things. These reservoirs were constructed by the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the water supplier responsible for meeting the needs of almost two million people across an 11-county area that includes Tarrant County.
Keep in mind that the water supplies we depend on are not an endless resource. For one thing, drought conditions are a part of life here in North Texas. And the number of people living in our region is expected to double in the next 50 years. That means the demand for water will certainly rise. And meeting those new demands will be a challenge.
That’s why embracing water efficiency is so important. In fact, plans call for 28 percent of our future water supplies in North Texas to come from conservation and water reuse. That’s smart—because the alternatives are limited and expensive. If you and your family make a real effort to save water, it will help us all stretch our water resources—and our dollars—as far as possible. It’s a simple choice. Why not start today?
Amazing water facts
In the United States, a typical American uses an average of 101 gallons of water per day; the average European uses 53 gallons. (Source: EPA)
The average annual water use in a typical American household is 127,400 gallons, which is about 350 gallons per day. H2O ouch! (Source: EPA)
It takes about 2,500 gallons to put an inch of water on a 4,000 square-foot yard. Doing that every five to seven days from June through September adds another 40,000-60,000 gallons to your water bill, at a cost of about $35-$50 a month.
Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much electricity as a 60-watt light bulb does in 14 hours.
Of the 345 billion gallons Americans use daily less than 3 percent is used for drinking; 41 percent is devoted to agriculture; 39 percent is consumed by power plants. (Source: EPA)