City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: July 8, 2010
Hold maximum use down - stay below 10 in 2010
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (July 8, 2010) It's summer time and temperatures climb above 100 degrees every day. As the thermostat climbs, water use climbs, too.
On 25 separate days in June, July and August of last year, Goodyear delivered more than 10 million gallons of water per day. That's enough water to supply 31 homes for a full year. On the day last year with the highest use, customers used more than 11 million gallons. Last year, customers used more than 11 million gallons of water on one day...the highest-use day of 2009.
Why does it matter? Even though we live in the middle of a desert, we expect water will be available in our homes whenever we want it. On some days, the demand for water is much higher than on other days. It's the city's job to build and maintain a water system that is big enough to deliver all the water we want, even when demand is at its highest.
Although average winter water needs are less than half of summer's highest needs, the city must have a system that's big enough to handle the days when we use the most water. By holding down our city's overall maximum use, the city can wait a little longer before it needs to buy or build expensive water supplies, water treatment and water distribution equipment.
As competition for water continues, supplies become more expensive. Avoid using that extra gallon of water when demand is high. You'll help keep costs down because the city won't have to buy water when the cost is highest.
Holding down maximum use also keeps operating costs in check. The total cost to pump, treat and deliver water is between 0.3 cents and 0.8cents per gallon. Even though the city's cost of bringing water to the customer can vary widely, customers pay the same price for a gallon of water delivered in January, April and July. Like electricity suppliers, the city uses its cheapest supplies whenever it can. As demand rises, the city must draw from water supplies that need more expensive treatment and cost more to deliver.
Holding down maximum use reduces the number of expensive gallons of water the city delivers. So, do your part and help keep the city's total maximum use below 10 million gallons per day in 2010.