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McKinney Initiates Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures April 19

McKinney Initiates Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures April 19

McKinney Initiates Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures April 19

McKinney city officials announced today that Stage 1 water conservation measures will go into effect April 19. Under Stage 1, the city will increase education efforts to reduce water use and urge residents to detect and repair water leaks around the house. This does not alter the watering ordinance already in place, under which residents may water landscaping up to two times weekly and not during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The implementation of Stage 1 comes at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the city’s water supplier. NTMWD initiated the Stage 1 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan, March 2008, as a result of invasive zebra mussels discovered in Lake Texoma and the temporary loss of the Lake Texoma raw water supply by NTMWD. While zebra mussels are not harmful to humans, they attach to water facilities and pipes causing millions of dollars in maintenance costs.

In August 2009, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department discovered zebra mussels in Sister Grove Creek, a tributary of the East Fork of the Trinity River used by the NTMWD to transfer water from Lake Texoma. As a result, NTMWD voluntarily ceased pumping raw water supplies from Lake Texoma and has not resumed pumping. The infestation of zebra mussels in Lake Texoma has resulted in a loss of 22.5 percent of the NTMWD total raw water supply. At this point, NTMWD does not have a firm date for the resumption of pumping from Lake Texoma; however, NTMWD will continue to collaborate with the federal and state agencies to resume pumping later this year.

For more information about water regulations in McKinney, visit www.mckinneytexas.org.

Stage I water conservation plan does not alter the watering ordinance already in place. Residents may water landscaping up to two times weekly, not during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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