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    Water Basics

    • 97% of the world’s water is salty or undrinkable.  Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers.  That leaves only 1% for consumption by all living creatures, including animals and plants.
    • Water is the only substance found on earth in three forms: solid, liquid and gas. 
    • You can go for weeks without food but only a few days without water. 
    • If everyone in the US flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save a lake full of water about one mile long, one mile wide and four feet deep. 
    • There are 69,000 water meters in Amarillo at homes and businesses. 
    • The City’s water is supplied from two sources: A system of wells drawing water from the Ogallala Aquifer and Lake Meredith when water is available. 
    • Lake Meredith is dependent on rainfall and snowmelt to replace the water used by the City. 
    • The average annual rainfall in the Amarillo area is about 20 inches.  Amarillo is considered a semi-desert area. 

    Daily Water Usage Goal

    View the daily usage.

    Please Help Reduce Your Use:

    • Please do not water on windy days.
    • Water lawns between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am with water cycles being completed by 6am.
    • Water lawns 2 but not more than 3 times per week.
      • If your address ends in an ODD number, water only on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
      • If your address ends in an EVEN number, water only on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
      • No watering on Saturdays.
    • Cool season grasses need to be watered for approximately 25 minutes
    • Warm season grasses need to be watered for approximately 20 minutes

    Thanks for your help in reducing your use!


    Date Consumption - July 23, 2014
    Amount in million gallons: 59.10
     
    Date Consumption - July 23, 2013
    Amount in million gallons: 69.00

    Year to Date Consumption

      Current Year

    • From: Jan 1 - Current date for the year: 2014 - 9.1 billion gallons
    • Previous Year

    • From: Jan 1 - Current date for the year: 2013 - 8.8 billion gallons
    • Five Year Average

      From Jan 1st thru current date (5yr. Average) - 9.3 billion gallons

    Peak Day Comparison (year to date)
    • 2013 - July 11, 2013 - 84.5 million gallons
    • 2012 - July 31, 2012 - 92.1 million gallons
    • 2011 - June 4, 2011 - 88.7 million gallons
    • 2010 - August 3, 2010 - 79.3 million gallons
    • 2009 - July 15, 2009 - 82.0 million gallons

    Historical Info

    2012 State of the Water System

    PDF: View the presentation.
    PPT: View the presentation. 10 meg Powerpoint file. File will need to be unzipped.


    Average Annual Consumption

    16,689,367,000 gallons last three years


    Average Daily Consumption


    Current Yearly Rainfall Total:

    Year

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
    2013 0.76 2.53 0.15 0.05 2.80 2.80 1.86 1.42 1.83 0.68 0.02 14.9

    Year

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
    2014 0.04 0.35 0.20 0.57 1.20 5.40 7.76



    Yearly Rainfall (inches)