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GOAL 5: DALLAS PROTECTS ITS WATER RESOURCES AND ITS COMMUNITIES FROM FLOODING AND DROUGHT.

Targets

1% DECREASE IN PERCAPITA ANNUAL WATER CONSUMPTION.

 

5% AND 10% OF WATER FOR INDIRECT REUSE IMPLEMENTATION BY 2030 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 

30%, 60% AND 100% REDUCTION IN NUMBER OF IMPAIRED WATERBODIES LISTED IN THE WATERSHED BY 2030, 2040 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 

45% AND 100% REDUCTION IN GHG EMISSIONS FROM TREATMENT FACILITIES BY 2035 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 Quarter 1 Progress

Reported January 2021

The water and wastewater sectors together comprise less than 1 percent of the Dallas’ GHG emissions; however, climatic variation from flooding to drought forms the largest single risk posed by climate change. Dallas Water Utilities has proactively planned for future conditions as a part of standard operations for years. This plan builds upon these ongoing robust plans and related actions. In FY 20-21, 11 actions from this sector, with 26 milestones will be initiated. These actions include expansion of existing programs and efforts, as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances. Implementation of Goal 5 milestones will fall primarily on Dallas Water Utilities and the Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability but will also include Sustainable Development & Construction as well as Planning and Urban Design.

View the full Year One Work Plan here.

1. Continue to offer rebate and incentive-based programs to promote water conservation in an effort to resourcefully manage the City’s annual GPCD.

2. Continue to offer education and outreach opportunities to promote water conservation in an effort to resourcefully manage the City’s GPCD.

WR4:

Encourage businesses and residents to plant drought-tolerant and native vegetation or xeriscape to reduce irrigation water use.

1. Continue to offer free automatic irrigation system evaluations and promote best management practices on outdoor watering.

2. Continue ongoing education and outreach programs to promote best management practices that recognize landscape design that reduces water consumption.

WR11:

Continue monitoring, evaluating, and updating the drought contingency plan.

Update Drought Contingency Plan as necessary.

WR1:

Continue investment in public awareness campaigns to increase knowledge of the value of water and importance of conservation.

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1. Continue the ‘Save Water. Nothing Can Replace It.’ local public awareness campaign, promoting local conservation programs and educational opportunities for DWU customers.

2. Continue activities and efforts related to the "Defend Your Drains" public awareness campaign.

3. Continue the North Texas Regional unified public awareness campaign.

4. Continue water conservation outreach efforts to support wholesale customer cities

WR2:

Continue investment in leak detection and expand programs to reduce overall water loss through the conveyance systems.

1. Continue existing leak detection programs.

2. Continue requesting and tracking TWDB Annual Water Conservation Reports for wholesale customer

    cities, which include 5- and 10-year water loss targets.

WR4:

Encourage businesses and residents to plant drought-tolerant and native vegetation or xeriscape to reduce irrigation water use.

Develop additional resources to promote reducing outdoor water use.

WR5:

Continue to monitor and protect water quality and implement improvement projects in the watershed. 

1. Continue to collaborate with other agencies within the Trinity Watershed.

2. Update current Stormwater Quality Monitoring Program to include other surface water bodies and

    expand upon parameters monitored.

WR6:

Continue to protect and monitor water quality by tracking emerging contaminants that may impact public health.

Enhance monitoring plan for emerging contaminants, (i.e.,  PFAS) as needed.

WR7:

Use FEMA community rating system to educate and protect communities from flooding.

1. Evaluate feasibility for undertaking additional initiatives to qualify for Class 4 rating.

2. Use rating system to educate flood-prone communities.

WR8:

Complete the implementation of major planned and ongoing drainage infrastructure projects to improve community resilience to flooding.

1. Fund and implement highlighted stormwater capital improvement objectives for FY 20-21 from SDM Budget.

2. Continue construction of Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel scheduled for completion in 2023.

3. Implement Dallas Floodway/Dallas Floodway Extension.

WR9:

Initiate a comprehensive storm drainage system assessment and planning process.

Initiate comprehensive storm drainage assessment activities that will identify resources and organizational needs, assess infrastructure condition, identify critical projects, and evaluate stormwater utility funding needs .

WR11:

Continue monitoring, evaluating, and updating the Drought Contingency Plan.

Continue to monitor and evaluate effectiveness of the Drought Contingency Plan.

WR12:

Continue contingency planning to protect and maintain service of key water infrastructure facilities from extreme weather events.

1. Evaluate recommended risk management strategies developed as part of a completed Risk and Resilience

    Assessment for DWU’s critical water facilities to plan and prioritize future mitigation measures.

2. Evaluate potential to install secondary power sources for critical infrastructure.

WR15:

Continue investment in sewer collection system to reduce inflow/infiltration (I/I) to improve water quality and reduce energy usage.

Award construction contracts that will result in the replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 32 miles of wastewater pipelines, including relocation and private development projects.

WR1:

Continue investment in public awareness campaigns to increase knowledge of the value of water and importance of conservation.

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IN PROGRESS

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Expand leak detection programs, as feasible.

WR2:

Continue investment in leak detection and expand programs to reduce overall water loss through the conveyance systems

PENDING

Resources for Residents

1 Schedule a free irrigation system evaluation by a licensed landscape irrigation specialist and potentially save hundreds of dollars per year on your water bill.

 

2 Use the Water Conservation Checklist to quickly identify easy ways to reduce water consumption, from food prep, personal care, and household cleaning to plumbing improvements.

 

3 Get free plumbing assistance or water efficiency upgrades to reduce water bills through the Minor Plumbing Repair Program, which is available to low income homeowners who are customers of Dallas Water Utilities.

Resources for Businesses

1 Schedule a free, no obligation water efficiency assessment for your industrial, commercial, or institutional facility and potentially receive up to $100,000 in rebates towards the cost of new equipment and processes that conserve water at existing facilities.

 

2 Consider using reclaimed water for flushing toilets and landscape irrigation.

This page is administered by the City of Dallas- Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability:

Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 7A North
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 670-1200 | Fax: (214) 670-0134
Email: DEQS@DallasClimateAction.com

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