(May 25, 2012) Beginning June 1, Frisco residents can begin watering two days, per week, if needed. No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“Two watering days allow our residents more flexibility to water at their convenience,” said Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works. “However, our conservation message hasn’t changed. Water only, if needed, but now you have the option of watering twice a week.”
Residents can take the guess work out of watering the lawn by going online to FriscoTexas.gov/water to sign up for weekly watering recommendations. Information on how to program your irrigation system to apply the recommended amount of water is also available. The watering advice is based on Frisco’s own weather station data.
The additional watering day allowance follows Thursday’s board vote of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) to return to Stage 2 of its Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan.
“We’re also lifting the ban on outdoor watering between 5 a.m. – 8 a.m. because we have additional pumping and storage capacity helping to alleviate past problems with water pressure,” said Hartwell. “Such expansion of Frisco’s water capacity over the past two summers has reduced the urgent need to limit outdoor watering during hours when many people are getting ready for the day.”
Under Stage 2 water restrictions, Frisco advises residents to:
· Limit outdoor watering to two-days-per-week, which coincides with residents’ trash service day plus an
additional day (See www.friscotexas.gov/water to determine your additional outdoor watering day).
· Do not water outside between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
· Do not allow water to flow away from property.
· Do not water hard surfaces, like streets and driveways.
While recent rains have filled area lakes and essentially ended drought throughout the region, Hartwell reiterates the need to continue to work towards reducing our water consumption by 10 percent. Lavon Lake is the primary source for the NTMWD; however, 28 percent of the district’s water supply remains ‘offline’ because of zebra mussel infestation at Lake Texoma, which is a supplemental source of water.
According to a release issued by NTMWD, the district does not expect to resume pumping water from Texoma until the pipeline extension project is complete after the summer of 2013. Extending the district’s water supply during Stage 2 through efficient use of existing water resources “is crucial to meeting the long-term water needs of more than 1.5 million people served by the district.”
“While we can’t predict what the summer weather will be, the months of June, July and August are traditionally the hottest and driest months of the year so it’s important to continue conservation efforts and efficient use of our water supply,” said Jim Parks, Executive Director, NTMWD.