Fort Worth learns the price of water conservation

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 8:20 PM

FORT WORTH — It's arguably our most precious commodity.

"Think about water as that precious liquid gold," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

That's the attitude the city and the mayor have taken in recent months.

Since June, Fort Worth residents have only been able to water their lawns twice a week — and not at all during most daytime hours. According to the Fort Worth Water Department, that move has saved the city 3.7 billion gallons of water.

But because people used less, the water department had less revenue — $11 million less.

"It’s a double-edged sword," said City Council member Jungus Jordan.

That's because the city wants to conserve, but also needs money for improvements.

So, in the coming weeks, Jordan said the Council will debate whether to make those watering restrictions permanent.

At the same time, the mayor's office said there's always a chance rates could go up again in coming months. That's on top of the 6.4 percent rate hike last October.

A water department spokeswoman said it's too early to tell right now if they'll be asking for another rate increase again, but she noted that raw water costs are going up.

Near the Colonial Country Club, this all might be hard to swallow. Neighbor Jan Hurn points to a leaky city service line that's been wasting water for weeks.

"If we’re going to conserve and abide by whatever the city asks us to do, then hopefully the city will do their part and conserve as well," Hurn said.

When asked if he expects an outcry from residents after being told they can't water as much — and they may be charged more — Jordan said: "I hope citizens will tell us their opinion."

Those are opinions on something we can't afford to live without.

The city urges people to call in if they spot leaks or water issues so they can be addressed. We're told the issue near the country club was addressed after our calls.

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