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What’s in the Region C Plan: How much conservation do we need and how are we going to get there?

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Presentation by Amy Kaarlela, Project Manager for the Region C Water Planning Group (Freese & Nichols), at the 2016 SWIFT Funding Workshop in Grapevine, Texas.

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What’s in the Region C Plan: How much conservation do we need and how are we going to get there?

  1. 1. Region CWater Planning Group Freese and Nichols, Inc. | Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. | CP&Y, Inc. | Cooksey Communications, Inc., WATER CONSERVATION IN THE 2016 REGION C WATER PLAN What’s in the Plan? How much conservation do we need and how are we going to get there? June 23, 2016
  2. 2. The 2016 Region C Water Plan • 360 Water User Groups • 41 Wholesale Water Providers • Population • 7.5 M by 2020 • 14.4 M by 2070 • Demand • 1.7 M acre-ft/yr by 2020 • 2.9 M acre-ft/yr by 2070
  3. 3. 50-Year Plan for Water Supply Future Water Need
  4. 4. Strategies to Meet Future Water Need Connect to Existing Supplies Reuse Conservation New Groundwater, ASR Transmission Treatment Desalination New Reservoirs
  5. 5. Conservation: What You See, What You Don’t ReuseMunicipal Cons. Water loss reduction methods and advanced conservation approaches. Unit demand reduction based on projected plumbing code requirements and the adoption of efficient appliances. Direct reuse & large- scale indirect reuse, including wetlands Almost 250,000* acre-feet per year of conservation already built in to demand projections. Over 130,000* acre- feet per year of conservation recommended as strategies. * By 2070, Source: 2016 Region C Water Plan, Table 5E.9 Over 350,000* acre-feet per year of recommended reuse as strategies. Over 425,000* acre-feet per year of reuse projects already included as current supply.
  6. 6. Conservation/Reuse as part of meeting Overall Demand Met by Built-In Conservation Met by Conservation Strategies Met by Existing Reuse Met by Reuse Strategies Met by Other Existing Supplies and Future Strategies
  7. 7. Conservation Strategies in the 2016 RWP  Conservation Strategies with Annual Costs Only  Public & School Education  Water Waste Prohibition  Price Elasticity/Rate Structure  Manufacturing Rebate Program  Golf Course Conservation  Other consistent items Recommended for ALL WUGs Page 5E.32 “…any water conservation method that is proven to result in reduced demand for potable water should be considered as consistent with the regional water plan for funding and permitting purposes.”
  8. 8. Conservation Strategies in the 2016 RWP  How do we achieve savings? • 10am-6pm watering restrictions • No-more-than twice per week watering • Seasonal watering restrictions • Irrigation system requirements • Water waste ordinances/enforcement • Native & Adaptive Plants • Other measures
  9. 9. Conservation Strategies in the 2016 RWP  Conservation Strategies With Capital Costs ($420M):  Specific large projects  Fort Worth $76M  Bedford $90M  Irrigation Restriction (ordinances)  Water Loss Control Must have capital cost to be SWIFT Eligible Page 5E.32 “…any water conservation method that is proven to result in reduced demand for potable water should be considered as consistent with the regional water plan for funding and permitting purposes.”
  10. 10. Water Loss Control Conservation Strategies in the 2016 RWP  Water audit, pressure control, & leak detection/repair:  If there was a Need (gap in future supply)  If water use > 140 gpcd  Analyzed 2010-2013 Water Loss Audits  Urban/suburban WUGs with > 12% loss  Rural WUGs with > 18% loss
  11. 11. Water Loss Control Conservation Strategies in the 2016 RWP  Water Main replacements (large $):  All municipal WUGS (except County-Other) “…replacement of … distribution network that is the source of major water loss. Replacement …must provide an immediate, quantifiable increase in water supply.” Source: TWDB Exhibit C Guidelines for Regional Water Plan Development, page 29
  12. 12. Opportunities for Conservation Funding  State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT)  $2 billion to implement the state water plan  20% Designated for Reuse and Water Conservation  10% Designated for Agricultural Conservation City of Bedford  Distribution system conservation program  $90 million City of Fort Worth • Meter Upgrade and Replacement Program (Smart Meters, Leak Detection) • $76 million City of Keller  Enhanced Water Loss Control & Conservation  May 2016
  13. 13. Region CWater Planning Group Freese and Nichols, Inc. | Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. | CP&Y, Inc. | Cooksey Communications, Inc., WATER CONSERVATION IN THE 2016 REGION C WATER PLAN Amy Kaarlela, Freese & Nichols, Inc. Region C Project Manager adk@freese.com 23 June 2016

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