Monday, September 13, 2010

What about YOUR water?

Keep an eye on it.  It's going fast.  WHY is it just now becoming a top priority?

WHO is using it? 

Read about it in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Water conservation has become a top priority in North Texas, as the 50-year water plan calls for 23 percent of future water needs to come from water conservation and reuse.

And for many years Dallas-Fort Worth has battled the perception that it uses an inordinate amount of water compared with other parts of the state. Some Oklahoma legislators involved in the Tarrant Regional Water District's legal fight to obtain water from north of the Red River have also portrayed the region's communities as "water hogs" and given that as a reason for opposing the sale of water to Texas.

Public awareness campaigns have accounted for a 14 percent reduction in water usage by the water district's customers between 2002 and 2009.

Further reducing water consumption is going to take the cooperation of not only residents but industry and government as well.

The combined water consumption of Chesapeake Energy in Arlington, Grapevine and Mansfield -- 171 million gallons -- is enough to make it one of the top 15 commercial users in Tarrant County. Since the Star-Telegram asked only for the top 10 users in each city, that figure does not include how much water Chesapeake is using in other Tarrant County cities, including Fort Worth.

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