Trinity River Authority Supports Voluntary Water Conservation
Dry conditions and low levels in water supply lakes operated by the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) has resulted in a request for all customers served by the District to pursue voluntary water conservation measures. As a result, the Tarrant Regional Water District is requesting that voluntary water conservation measures be implemented in Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine and North Richland Hills, consistent with the other TRWD customers of Fort Worth, Arlington and Mansfield.
TRWD has experienced two consecutive months with water supply demand exceeding 25% of projected demand. The water supply capacity in Lakes Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain on the West Fork of the Trinity River has been largely consumed, which will place increased demand on the District's East Texas system of lakes and pipelines. It will take approximately nine in. of rain to relieve the existing drought conditions.
Cedar Creek and Richland Chambers Lakes are currently at 85% of capacity. Two large District pipelines move water from east Texas to Tarrant County. Trinity River Authority's (TRA) raw water supply is delivered to Lake Arlington from where it is pumped to a water treatment plant, treated and distributed to the Authority's five wholesale customers in northeast Tarrant County. TRWD will request that mandatory water conservation measures be implemented if the total system demand exceeds the east Texas pipelines' capability to transport water.
During September, TRA delivered an average of 51.2 mgd of treated water to its customers, the second highest average for this month on record. During October, TRA delivered an average 44.3 mgd, which is a new record. The current demand for November indicates total treated water production will be in the vicinity of 38.5 mgd, also a new record.
The Authority and the District always encourage the conservation and wise and efficient use of our most valuable resource, water. Because the peak growing season has ended, only one in. of water on landscapes is needed once a week. The public is also requested to reduce or eliminate outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.