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Personal Water Conservation

I live in North Texas.  We are currently fight a shortage of water due to drought and a Zebra Mussel infestation in Lake Texoma, which feeds our primary water source.  

The Zebra Mussels caught everyone by surprise and it takes several years to increase/replace water supply for population center like ours (get population stats).   For the next several years (how many?) conservation is the best solution for our problem. 

I've read about claims of that personal water conservation can save up to 30% of our water (find sources), but that seems optimistic to me. I'd like to explore how much can be saved by an individual using the city recommendations. Then relate that information to water bill saving and lake levels. 

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Denise Hickey with N. Texas Municipal Water District (9-11-13)

  • cost associated with zebra mussels. There is no hard $ number I can provide as costs have been associated with research, engineering studies, use of expert environmental and water related consulting firms, costs associated with the passing of Public Law 112-237 which provides an exception to the Federal Law – Lacey act and will ultimately allow restoration of the Texoma supply, future costs associated with ongoing maintenance to eliminate the zebra mussels that attach to facilities and pipelines – just to name a few.
  • cost of new pipeline to Lake Lavon (total and how much it will increase our water bill). The Texoma pipeline extension project is estimated at $300 million, although the construction is not completed at this time. For the FY 2014 wholesale water rate, $0.18/1000 gallons is attributed for the pipeline extension project.
  • what happens if the new bill is not passed in the next election. What Bill are you referencing? Please be specific so I can respond appropriately.  

    The bill allows the Texas Water Development Board to provide low interest funding rates for water supply projects identified in the State Water Plan.

    NTMWD, based on the credit strength of our 13 Member Cities, is a “AAA” rated borrower. If the Bill does not pass, NTMWD will continue to sell municipal bonds to fund the future water supply projects identified in the NTMWD and State Water Plan.

     If the Bill does pass, once the parameters of the TWDB funding is determined, an assessment will be made as to which options if most favorable for the NTMWD. 

    It is critical that the Bill pass for the future of Texas, as water is key for economic growth, stability, and sustainability of not only our region but the state as a whole.

  • high, low, and avg estimates for basic water conservation measures at an individual level. Will provide links in later email
  • high, low, and avg estimates for "super" water conservation measures. Will provide links in later email
  • unintended consequences of not conserving. During drought conditions, if water supplies are not used efficiently to extend available supplies, more stringent water management strategies will be implemented. The goal is to extend our water supplies as to avoid Stage 4 where water rationing, no outdoor watering in allowed, not permitting of pools, prohibit of new landscaping and other strategies. Once Stage 4 is implemented then you have economic impacts to cities and communities. Water conservation and the efficient use of the water supply delays the need to add additional water supplies online, expand treatment plant capacity, delays transmission system expansions – all that are very costly and which ultimately the end user pays for in the water rate passed on to the Member Cities and Customers of the NTMWD.

http://watermyyard.org/

http://www.northtexaswateriq.org/

Zebra Mussel article DMN 

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20130914-federal-wildlife-officials-say-theyre-helping-texas-stave-off-zebra-mussels.ece?action=reregister

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