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Jim parks - PowerPoint Presentation from the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation Districts Inaugural Texas Panhandle Water Conservation Symposium

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    The dollars and $ense of municipal water conservatio The dollars and $ense of municipal water conservatio Presentation Transcript

    • Panhandle Water Conservation Symposium The Dollars and $ense ofMunicipal Water Conservation Jim Parks, Executive Director North Texas Municipal Water District February 8, 2012
    • Major North Texas Water Providers
    • NTMWD Raw Water Supply Sources
    • Development of Conservation Plans 2003 Began workshops with Member City staffs – Consensus Approach 2004 NTMWD’s Model Conservation Plan Adopted by District 2005 Implementation of Plans by Cities
    • Implementation Challenges City Issues Most cities adopted their own version of NTMWD’s Model Plan Citizens wanted local & regional consistency in Plan requirements  Inconsistency caused confusion & relaxation of strategies City Ordinances / HOA rules / Enforcement  Often conflict with conservation goals
    • Implementation Challenges NTMWD Issues Public Awareness Campaign  Targeting the right audience  Proper messaging  Delivery method  Media overlap of service areas  High cost of broadcast messaging Level of Planning Uncertainty  No assurance during dry periods that conservation levels will hold
    • Implementation Challenges NTMWD Issues Business Case  Wholesale contract developed to support regional economic growth  To change rate methodology requires all 13 cities to agree  Budget developed based on cost of service to meet Cities Maximum Annual Demand  Fixed cost represents 75% of water rate  Variable costs unspent are rebated back to cities each year  Cost saving benefit to cities served results from cost avoidance of raw water development, pumping, treatment and distribution costs  Lower wholesale cost of service may encourage more use not less
    • Dollars & $ense of Conservation Cost AvoidanceRaw Water Development Pumping Treatment Distribution Benefit $325/af $60/af $300/af $120/af $805/af Potential Savings  $4.5 Million (2020) - $9.7 Million (2030)
    • Lessons Learned and Path Forward Take advantage of conservation gains during drought Create more separation between Conservation plan & Drought plan Bring all water users to the table Make the Business case for conservation
    • Lessons Learned and Pathforward Continue efforts to develop conservation implementation tools and programs Continue efforts to secure a statewide public awareness program
    • Questions