About Our Water
Learn More About Plano's Water
Though water covers 70% of the Earth's surface, less than 1% is available for use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 40 states anticipate water shortages by 2024. It's important to start using water efficiently now to protect this precious resource for future generations.
The U.S. EPA created the “I’m for Water” pledge as a national campaign to spread the word about water efficiency. It is intended to educate consumers on water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products. The WaterSense label makes it easy to identify products that use less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
The City of Plano is a proud EPA WaterSense Partner. We offer residents free WaterSense approved water saving devices and water utility credit when residents replace a water-guzzling toilet with a WaterSense approved high efficiency toilet.
The City of Plano purchases surface water from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). The NTMWD serves more than 1.6 million people across 90 communities in 10 counties. NTMWD gets raw water from Lavon Lake and treats it at the Wylie Water Treatment Plant. In addition to Lavon Lake, located in Collin County, NTMWD also obtains raw water from Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border and the East Fork Water Reuse Project, located along the East Fork of the Trinity River. NTMWD also has water rights to, and obtains raw water from, Jim Chapman Lake (originally named Cooper Lake) on the South Sulpher River in Delta and Hopkins counties and Lake Tawakoni on the Sabine River in Rains and Van Zandt counties. To meet future water demands, NTMWD is in the final stages of the permitting process for the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County, which will eventually provide 120,000 acre-feet of water per year to residents in North Texas.
You can play an active role in conserving water for Plano and for North Texas. Learn how by visiting our Saving Water Indoors and Saving Water Outdoors pages.