Water Conservation Questions

Where Does Dallas' Water Come From?
The water we drink comes from the natural environment. Diverted water is stored in a reservoir. The quantity stored depends on the rainfall and climate. This variation, which occurs over days, months, or years, can contribute to short-term water supply shortages. It is important to remember that a long-term limit exists as well.

Dallas' public water supply is provided by the Dallas City government. Water is treated to meet the Safe Drinking Water Act quality standards. Treated water then flows through the distribution system pipes to homes and workplaces throughout the city.

Where Does the Water Go?
Nationwide, homes use 57% of publicly supplied water. Public use and unaccounted for losses average 11%, while the rest goes to businesses and industries. In Dallas, almost 50% of the water is supplied for domestic home use and 50% is used by businesses and industries during the winter. However, in the summer, homes consume over 70% and business and industry use 30%. The average household in Dallas consumed 270 gallons of water per day in the winter and 850 gallons of water per day in the summer.

Why Conserve Water?
Oregonians have assumed there will always be an abundance of clean, inexpensive water. However, times are changing. Due to increased demands of a growing population, industry and agriculture, it is important to conserve water daily, not just during the hot summer months.

In Dallas, the reservoir has ample water to meet short-term demands but if drought conditions return and if water use is higher than normal, our city, like many of its neighbors, could also face a water shortage. A statewide drought condition could present a dual problem. On the one hand, the reservoir will be replenished more slowly than normal and on the other hand, since it is unusually dry, residents could use more water than is usually consumed during the summer. Wise use of water and the adoption of water saving measures should see the City of Dallas through even a lengthy drought.

Utilizing water saving measures has additional positive results. It saves money on water and sewer utility bills. It saves energy by reducing the amount of hot water used and by saving electricity used to pump water. Also, it saves the environment by helping ease the demand on water storage, purification, distribution, and treatment.

Water conservation involves everyone, from the individuals at home and at work, to water suppliers, and local, state, and federal governments. We are asking you to join with your neighbors and businesses to make water conservation a priority in Dallas.