The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Board of Directors voted to initiate Stage 3 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan effective June 1, 2013.
The goal of Stage 3 is a 10 percent reduction in water use and increased awareness in ongoing water conservation efforts.
OUTDOOR WATERING SCHEDULE
During Central Standard Time (Beginning Sunday, November 3, 2013)
There are no ‘time of day’ restrictions. Outdoor watering with a sprinkler system is still limited to once-per-week but only if necessary. Planting and watering cool season grasses, such as rye or other similar grasses, ARE NOT PERMITTED due to the increased water requirement.
During Daylight Saving Time
Outdoor watering is limited to once-per-week based on location within the residential trash collection zone. Watering is not permitted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prohibited Watering Window
Single-family residential properties
Residential Trash Collection Day, if necessary
Midnight - 10:00AM
6:00PM - Midnight
|10:00AM - 6:00PM|
All others (multi-family, HOAs, commercial, industrial, government)
Based on location within Residential Trash Collection Day Zone, if necessary
Midnight - 10:00AM
6:00PM - Midnight
|10:00AM - 6:00PM|
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Over-seeding with Cool Season Grasses (such as rye)
During Stage 3 planting and watering cool season grasses, such as rye or other similar grasses, are not permitted due to the increased water requirement.
Flowers, Vegetables and Community Gardens
Flowers, vegetables and community gardens may be watered any day up to two hours by a hand-held hose or low-volume non-spray irrigation. These areas may be watered by spray irrigation on the assigned watering days only and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Trees and Shrubs
Trees, shrubs and other perennials may be watered any day up to two hours by a hand-held hose or low-volume non-spray irrigation. These areas may be watered by spray irrigation on the assigned watering days only and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Existing pools may be minimally refilled to compensate for evaporation and other water losses. Pools may not be completely drained and refilled unless repairs are necessary.
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ENFORCEMENT AND WATER WASTE FEES
The City of Frisco lists a number of activities that are considered water waste at all times, regardless of time of year or current drought restrictions. Water waste can include the following:
- Operating a system in need of repair
- Operating a system at a prohibited time
- Operating a system on a prohibited day
- Watering hard surfaces such as alleys, streets and sidewalks
- Water flowing away from a property
- Watering during rain or in temperatures below 40 degrees F
- Over-seeding and watering cool season grasses
By reporting water waste, you are helping the city educate your neighbors and the community about what is and isn’t allowed in a friendly, non-threatening way.
WASTING WATER FEES
The following fee schedule will be followed for water waste violations during the Stage 3 outdoor watering restrictions:
- For first-time violations, the sprinkler system will be disconnected with a RED yard sign, and a $25 administrative fee will be added to the water bill for the property.
- The $25 administrative fee will be waived or credited after the completion of a free irrigation check-up of the violating system.
- For additional violations, the sprinkler system will be disconnected with a RED yard sign. A $50 fee will be added for the second violation, and a $75 fee will result from the third violation, along with issuance of a citation.
Exceptions may be made for landscaping associated with new construction through the New Landscape Exemption Request. Approved watering exemptions allow watering for 30 days from the date of installation. The replacement of stressed landscaping during this time is strongly discouraged until the conditions that caused the initiation of Stage 3 improve.
If an owner or responsible party feels that water waste or an irrigation schedule violation has been issued by mistake or through extenuating circumstances, a letter of appeal may be submitted to the Public Works Department no later than 30 days after receipt of the warning notice or having been first billed for such a charge.
Any petition should explain the reason for the appeal. The appeal should refer to the specific violation in question, explain why the party feels that the violation did not take place as identified on the violation notification, and specify the action requested of the City. Hearings may take place during a date and time set by the department director.
MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT
Water monitors are employed by the City. Water monitors will monitor water use, including outdoor water use and water waste. Water monitors will receive ongoing training about customer service, public education and safety.
Water monitors will note the date, time and type of watering schedule or water wasting violation. The monitors will make reasonable efforts to make personal contact with the responsible party when issuing a violation or warning.
Fees for water waste will be applied to the customer accounts within two weeks of the date of the violation.
INITIATION AND TERMINATION
Stage 3 may terminate when conditions and circumstances that caused the initiation of Stage 3 no longer prevail. If the water use reduction goals under Stage 3 are not met, the NTMWD or the City Manager may implement Stage 4.
For more information or questions, call the Public Works Department at 972-292-5800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.