The “D” Word. DROUGHT. What Causes it?
Will it return?
More than just a lack of precipitation, drought results from a number of fluctuating factors, which include temperature, humidity, water demands and longstanding conditions.
Regional droughts are caused by a variety of conditions, from shifting global trends in ocean currents to changes in wind patterns and the water cycle. Drought conditions can be exacerbated by overuse of the existing water supply.Why are Drought Restrictions Put in Place?
The City of Frisco receives its water supply from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). According to the NTMWD's
Water Resource and Emergency Management Plan, water resource management stages are put into place when one or more of the trigger conditions for that stage is met. These conditions include but are not limited to:
- The storage levels for NTMWD's two primary reservoirs (Lakes Lavon and Jim Chapman) are less than 55 percent of total conservation pool capacity.
- Water demand is projected to approach the limit of the permitted supply.
- NTMWD has concern that Lake Texoma, the East Fork Water Supply Project, or some other NTMWD source may be limited in availability within the next six months.
- The water system is unable to deliver water due to failure or damage of major water system components.
- The Executive Director, with the concurrence of the NTMWD Board of Directors, find that conditions warrant the declaration of a drought stage.
Images of Lavon Lake, taken during the historic drought conditions of September 2011. Lavon Lake is a primary water supply for the NTMWD and its member cities, which include 1.6 million people in the North Texas area.
When these conditions are met, member cities and the public will be notified through local media. Learn more about the City of Frisco's Drought and Emergency Response Plan, developed in consultation with NTMWD.Droughts are unpredictable and can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. North Texas is located in a drought-prone region, and it is likely that droughts will continue to cycle through our area periodically.
The City of Frisco is focused on carefully managing our water supplies and asking customers to manage their water resources responsibly both indoors and outdoors. See Frisco's Frequently Asked Questions about drought.
Drought Updates and Forecast
US Drought Monitor Map
Texas Drought Monitor Map
US Seasonal Drought Outlook/Forecast
Questions or Concerns?
Contact the City of Frisco Water Resources Department at 972-292-5800 or by email.