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With higher temperatures and low rainfall, the City of Coppell has seen an increased demand on the municipal water system. Because water usage is extremely high, the City of Coppell is requesting that residents and businesses take necessary conservation measures.
In June of 2017, the Dallas/Fort Worth area received 8.44 inches of rain and one day of triple-digit temperatures. This year, we received only 1.27 inches of rain and four days of triple-digit heat in June. Water usage for residents in the July 15, 2018 billing cycle rose 39 percent over the same cycle last year.
The daily amount of water the City of Coppell is contractually allowed to purchase from Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) is set at 18.5 million gallons per day (MGD), and on July 18, 2018, the City used almost the full amount. The City currently pays approximately $5.2 million for the right to access 18.5 MGD. If water consumption is not reduced, the City must increase the amount it is allowed to purchase per day to 19.5 MGD. The impact of going from 18.5 to 19.5 MGD is projected to result in an increase of $553,985 in the next fiscal year. This increase will result in higher rates for residents.
"North Texas is definitely feeling the effects of high temperatures and very little rainfall so early in the summer, and we have put a plan in place to limit water consumption at City facilities," said Kent Collins, Director of Public Works for the City of Coppell. "We are also asking our residents and local partners to voluntarily join us in protecting our water supply and to avoid mandatory water restrictions."
The City has announced that it will limit the usage of irrigation systems throughout its parks and city-owned facilities. Watering times for each watering zone on various medians and in parks will be limited to 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. on only one to two days per week.
Additionally, the City has asked Coppell ISD and the local homeowner associations to limit watering to do their part to help conserve.
Per the City's Water Conservation Plan, residents are asked to ensure their irrigation systems are working properly and to not water outside (except with non-spray irrigation systems or hand watering) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Coppellians can also practice a variety of other water-saving techniques found at waterisawesome.com.
For more information, call the Public Works Department at 972-304-3679.