Residents of Texas asked to conserve water as drought conditions could develop. A severe heat wave could disrupt local water supplies.
The North Texas Municipal Water District asked customers to “immediately” reduce their water usage. Especially for outdoor water use, according to a warning issued on Saturday.
The utility company serves about 2 million people in North Texas, including the city of Plano and North Dallas County.
The utility unexpectedly shut down water production at one of its four treatment plants on Saturday for major maintenance. It is to return the factory to full wastewater treatment,” the warning issued.
Local drought “requires precautionary measures as discretionary outdoor water use and increased irrigation are needed. Residents have asked the utility company to curtail water use until at least Wednesday.”
U.S. Much of Texas is currently experiencing drought conditions, according to the Drought Monitor. Cities like Plano and Dallas are also experiencing moderate to severe drought. The statewide drought conditions release on Thursday also mentioned.
The calls to conserve water come as temperatures hit all-time highs in parts of the US and Europe. The Dallas and Fort Worth areas are forecast to reach 110 degrees Monday through Wednesday.
But even as triple-digit temperatures move east, conditions are still warm. The current drought is expected to last through the rest of the summer, according to the utility company.
Critical maintenance includes reading particulate matter from water in six sedimentation basins. According to the utility company, up to 210 million gallons per day of purified water were produced for use.
“We are seeing stress on our organization’s systems due to weather conditions and peak demands.” NTMWD communications director Wayne Larson told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.
“We are enduring a long, hot, dry summer,” Larson said. Our prediction doesn’t seem to have changed.We meet the highest demands of our customers and We. to manage to fulfill it.”
The water supply service is not the only service
in the state facing pressure from the current weather conditions.
Last week, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked Texans to voluntarily conserve electricity. Warmer temperatures are driving up energy demands. Despite the heat, cloud cover in some areas should be non-existent. The state’s access to solar-generate polar ice limit.
The state’s power grid stress is related to weather events that occurred in 2021. In February 2021, millions were left in the dark, including a Texas freeze. In June 2021, ERCOT made a similar request due to tight grid conditions and significant outages due to regional heat waves.
Decades of drought continue to dry up some of the most important water sources. As a result of these events, the water supply in the western United States has dwindled.
In addition to the Colorado River, it includes Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the largest reservoirs in the country.
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