On Thursday night, the North Texas Municipal Water District decided to loosen the tap on outdoor water restrictions. Starting April 1, watering once per week, instead of once every-other-week will be allowed.
Jim Parks, executive director of NTMWD, said, “Because of our ongoing water supply issue with Lake Texoma, which normally provides 28 percent of our water supply, we all need to continue our conservation efforts to make sure we can continue to meet the long-term water needs of NTMWD’s member cities and customers. We do not expect to resume pumping water from Lake Texoma until the pipeline extension project is completed, which is estimated the summer of 2013.”
With the return to Stage 3 provisions, approved by the board and effective April 1, 2012, landscape watering will be allowed once every seven days.
Stage 3 provisions approved allow:
• Use of soaker or hand held hoses for watering foundations, trees and new landscaping for up to two hours per day.
• Public athletic fields used for competition may be watered twice per week.
• Golf course greens and tee boxes can be watered without restrictions.
• Registered and properly operating ET/Smart irrigation and drip systems may also be used without restrictions.
• You can operate ornamental fountains if treated water is used.
• Hydroseeding, hydromulching and sprigging is allowed.
• Existing swimming pools can be drained and refilled.
The board authorized continuing these mandatory water use restrictions:
• No hosing of paved areas, buildings, or windows but pressure washing of impervious surfaces is allowed.
• No washing or rinsing of vehicles by hose except with a hose-end cutoff nozzle.
• No use of water in such a manner as to allow runoff or other waste.
NTMWD is encouraging everyone to follow the specific guidelines for their community. Check the control units and rain sensors to prevent unnecessary usage, and repair any water leaks around the house.
NTMWD will continue to evaluate the lake levels, cities’ goals performance and long-term weather forecasts on a monthly basis to determine if the Stage 3 actions can be further relaxed before the hot summer months.
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