Gallons per capita per day (GPCD) approximates the average amount of water used per day, per person, in one year. It generally is compiled on a water utility-wide basis. GPCD can also be used for estimating future water use demand and is an important tool for tracking conservation goals since it provides a baseline for households and individuals to track and compare their own conservation efforts.
The TCEQ made a recommendation of 1% reduction per year for all utilities; however, they do not set targets and goals for individual utilities.
GPCD provides the baseline to measure how the Water Department's conservation efforts are progressing compared with other cities. The Water Department's goal is to meet a five-year average of 170 GPCD by 2020. GPCD is directly affected by rainfall and weather can significantly impact consumption. Larger rain events, or rain events in the summer, have an immediate impact on GPCD. FY18 saw we had a high temperature in summer resulting in a increasing overall GPCD for the year. Our key programs, such as, SmartFlush, Smart Irrigation Program and SmartWater ICI Assessment Program focus on changing fixtures and how to use them properly. Key ordinances are aimed at reducing inefficient behavior with a key educational component. These rules include no watering between 10 AM and 6 PM (when the evaporation rate is at its highest) and a no more than twice per week watering schedule to ease overwatering of landscapes. In addition to these key tactics, Fort Worth also hosts a collection of public outreach efforts that focus on changing behaviors related to efficient water use.