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An ode to drinking water

By May 10, 2017
Ode to Drinking Water | TRWD

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As we continue celebrating this year’s Drinking Water Week, we ask ourselves, “Just how much of it is there to go around?”

To put it into perspective, the world currently contains up to 1,660,000 cubic miles of consumable water. If you’re having a hard time envisioning how much that is, that’s because it’s a lot more than you think.

Let’s break it down to more sizable terms. If we divided all that drinkable water evenly among the 7.5 billion people on the planet, each individual person would get approximately 32 million cubic feet of water-or a container almost as large as the Empire State Building!

While a whole tower for each person may seem like more than enough, we have to remember that all of our drinking water put together still makes up less than 0.5 percent of the Earth’s total water supply. It’s a very special resource and requires a great deal of care to manage.

At the Tarrant Regional Water District, we understand how deeply water impacts lives and we are very thankful to be able to help millions of North Texans get their fair share of drinking water. It’s just one of the many responsibilities that comes with being stewards of our local lakes and rivers, and we continue to work for lasting solutions to serve our community.

Today, on #WaterWednesday we invite you to raise a fresh glass with us and spread the word about the true value of drinking water!

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 545.77 550.00 -4.23
Benbrook 688.59 694.00 -5.41
Bridgeport 835.39 836.00 -0.61
Cedar Creek 321.31 322.00 -0.69
Eagle Mountain 647.88 649.10 -1.22
Lake Worth 593.05 594.00 -0.95
Richland-Chambers 313.94 315.00 -1.06
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

Check out the TRWD OneRain portal for a visualization of this information and more.

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