As the region’s rapid growth continues, McKinney recognized the need to consistently follow a reasonable water conservation plan many years ago. Changes that the City has implemented since 2006 have resulted in a significant decrease in consumption and positive steps toward long-term, manageable conservation.
Businesses and residents alike need to be aware of the challenges we face with our water supply and work toward balancing North Texas’ water system.
The national average of individual water consumption is 140 gallons per day. In early 2000 McKinney's per capita gallons per day was around 330 gallons; now it is around 150 gallons per day.
Sixty percent of the water McKinney consumed before the drought in 2006 was for irrigation. Given the state of our current water supply in North Texas, that rate is not sustainable. “If the amount of water we use for irrigation is managed, as the city grows, the peak will remain manageable,” said Hal Cranor, Director of Public Works for the City of McKinney. We pay for water based on our peak usage. “If not, the result could be that those high peaks would have to be paid for, even when the City is forced to conserve.
“By establishing a reasonable water conservation plan and sticking to it since 2006, our residents have come to realize that their landscaping does just fine with twice-a-week watering,” Cranor said.
For tips on water conservation, attend a seminar offered by the City’s Office of Environmental Stewardship. Click here for more details.