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 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) made a recommendation of 1% reduction per year for all utilities; however, they do not set targets and goals for individual utilities.
Gallons Per Capita Daily (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. During FY2019, the city had a high temperature in summer resulting in an increasing overall GPCD for the year. Our key programs, such as SmartFlush; Smart Irrigation Program; and SmartWater Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI) Assessment Program, focus on changing fixtures and using them properly. Key ordinances are aimed at reducing inefficient behavior with a key educational component. These rules include no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (when the evaporation rate is at its highest) and a no more than twice per week watering schedule to ease over-watering 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.