Lewisville mayor worried about ‘dramatic unsustainable increase in water consumption’

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Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham issued a press release Monday urging residents to conserve water as this year’s water use during July has been unusually high.

“It’s only natural when summer comes along to use more water for lawns and swimming pools and other more mundane purposes,” Durham said in the release. “We always use more water during July than we do most of the year. August is our biggest month every year in terms of water usage, so I don’t see those numbers getting any better unless a lot of us change what we’re doing.”

The press release follows a notice from the city on Sunday about the urgent need to conserve water. One of the large pumps at the water treatment plant broke on Thursday and will not be replaced until Tuesday. That, combined with drought conditions and record high temperatures, put a lot of strain on the water system, according to city officials.

“Many of you have helped us spread that message, and we’re seeing results,” Durham said. “Thank you for your willingness to pitch in as part of this great community we call home.”

Durham also made to sure to note Lewisville is not running out of water.

“Lewisville is not running out of water,” he said. “We have the ability to purchase additional treated water from Dallas Water Utilities if we exhaust our own capacity. That would come at a cost—about $280,000 per year for each additional million gallons made available for Lewisville, [which is]a little more than a dollar per month for the typical water bill. But it is an important safeguard.”

Once the pump at the water treatment plant is replaced this week, Durham said the city’s water system will go back to normal. However, he said the pump is not the city’s greatest concern right now.

“Machines break down so you have to be prepared, and we were prepared for this. I’m more worried about the dramatic unsustainable increase in water consumption we’ve seen during July,” he said.

The city of Lewisville is currently under Stage 1 restrictions.

“Stage 1 restrictions allow outside sprinkler systems to run twice a week, and do not prevent residents from filling their pools,” he said. “Stage 2 restrictions are much more severe, including outdoor watering only once per week. If the current rate of consumption continues, I, as mayor, will have to consider activating Stage 2 restrictions. That’s not a threat of any kind. It’s just a statement of fact.”

Stage 1 restrictions that are posted on the Water Conservation page of the city website.

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Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.
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