This indicator tracks total daily water demand, as well as per capita demand for residential water use. Total water demand includes water that is withdrawn, treated, and delivered to residential, industrial, commercial, governmental, and institutional users via public supply water systems, as well as industrial and commercial wells. Assessing long-range forecasted demands can inform the region on the sufficiency of water supply and encourage actions that conserve water, protect supply, and/or pursue alternative drinking water sources.
This indicator has two sets of targets -- one measuring total daily water demand, and one measuring daily residential water demand on a per capita basis. Per capita measurement allows for an examination of water conservation as an increase in total demand due to population or industrial growth can mask gains in conservation. At the same time, it is important to examine total demand because potable water is a finite resource and growth in our region is expected to increase the demand for water in 2050 above the current level of consumption.
Target values are based on the updated regional water demand forecast, which is set to be released in October 2018. The updated regional water demand forecast utilizes CMAP’s ON TO 2050 socio-economic forecast.
Total daily water demand
2025: 1,098 million gallons of water used daily
2050: 1,127 million gallons of water used daily