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North Texas’ largest water providers join forces

For the first time ever, a united message from the largest water providers in North Texas will be heard throughout the region: “Keep Texas Water on Tap.”

The City of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU), North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) have joined forces to help raise awareness about the importance of water conservation to local residents through their Water is Awesome public outreach campaign.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the North Texas region increased by 1 million between 2010 and 2018, an equivalent of 300-plus residents each day.

With the region expected to almost double in size over the next 50 years, water conservation, and learning how to reduce waste, is the best long-term strategy and least expensive way to help provide water security for future generations, the providers said in a news release.

“Water is a finite resource,” said Dustan Compton, Conservation Manager for Tarrant Regional Water District. “And learning how to use water more efficiently will help ensure we have a strong water supply in the future. We believe water is awesome, and we want people to use and enjoy it. We just ask everyone to be mindful of their use and to never waste it.”

The providers have made significant investments in water supply and infrastructure to help maintain the quality of life expected by North Texas residents.

“A huge opportunity for savings is addressing water waste in the home and landscape,” said Denise Hickey, Water Resource and Public Education Manager for North Texas Municipal Water District. “Fixing leaking faucets and toilets, and watering the lawn only when needed, are just a few actions residents can take to help us keep water flowing through the tap.”

Water usage statistics among the three North Texas providers include:

• 6,158,466: Population served in 2018

• 21%: Percent of the Texas population served in 2018 • 364 billion: Gallons of water provided combined in 2018 • 14,444,693: Estimated population to be served water in 2070 For tips on conservation: www.WaterIsAwesome.com

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