On Friday, Aug. 19, McKinney announced Stage 2 drought measures are in effect. Water restrictions in McKinney do not change under Stage 2. The city is accelerating efforts to reduce water use by five percent, and residents are urged to continue to conserve water.
The implementation of Stage 2 comes at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the city’s water supplier. McKinney water restrictions of watering irrigation only two days weekly and not during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. already comply with Stage 2 plan initiated by the NTMWD.
Since initiating water regulations in 2006, water use in McKinney has been reduced by nearly 30 percent. To further conserve water, the city has halted non-essential city government water use including vehicle washing and operation of ornamental fountains that use potable water.
“Even though stricter water restrictions are not in place, the drought is a serious threat to our water supply. We urge residents to conserve as much as possible to help us delay implementation of further drought restrictions,” said Executive Director of Public Works Hal Cranor.
About 60 percent of water use in the average home is from landscape irrigation. Little steps like watering for one minute less per zone on your sprinkler system can make a significant difference. The city also recommends waiting to install new landscape.
If you observe a violation of the current watering regulations, please record the exact time, date and address of the observed violation and report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular maintenance and checks for sprinkler systems can significantly reduce water use in the average home. Local, licensed irrigators offer McKinney residents discounted rates for irrigation checkups. A licensed irrigator will come to your home evaluate your current landscape and irrigation system, identify areas for improvement and provide a watering schedule that will help save water and money. For a list of licensed irrigators, or for more information on water regulations and conservation, visit www.mckinneytexas.org/water.