We all live in the Trinity River Watershed. The Trinity River watershed includes 17,965 square miles, or approximately six percent of the State’s landmass. The Trinity River serves as a primary water supply to more than 6.0 million people around the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Within the watershed, Dallas' drinking water comes from five lakes: Grapevine, Lewisville, Ray Roberts, Ray Hubbard and Tawakoni. The only lake that the City of Dallas actually owns and operates is Ray Hubbard. Dallas does not receive any water from wells, although the City does sit atop an aquifer.
Water purification is expensive and pumping water through the pipes consumes a large amount of electrical energy. Since our drinking water is supplied by surface water, it is prone to pollution. The dirtier the water is, the more expensive it is to clean. That’s why it is important to prevent water pollution. You can learn more about preventing water pollution at www.WhereDoesItGo.com.
Here, in Texas, the only thing more important than water is how that water is used. Since the 1950s, when a severe drought brought Dallas to the edge of catastrophe, the City has protected its collective sources of water. Now, as population pressures combine with increasing agricultural and industrial needs, the ways we protect and allocate this priceless resource are more important than ever. Dallas' Long Range Water Supply Plan includes recommendations for water supplies to meet the needs of Dallas and the other cities we serve through 2050. The plan also includes water conservation and emergency water management plans. Click here for more information about our accomplishments.