Thursday , 21 June 2018

Stage 3 Drought Measure in Effect Beginning June 1

Submitted by Anna Clark, City of McKinney

McKinney City Council has voted to enact Stage 3 water restrictions beginning Saturday, June 1. McKinney’s water supplier, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), has recommended all member cities implement Stage 3 drought restrictions effective June 1. McKinney residents and businesses are allowed to use landscape watering systems once weekly, and other conservation measures are in place.

Under Stage 3 of the drought plan, residents and businesses can only use irrigation systems to water landscapes once per week if needed on the scheduled trash pick-up day. The watering schedules for commercial properties are determined by the residential trash zone where the property is located.

The city maintains efforts to reduce water use year-round, and residents are urged to conserve water. While residents and businesses are allowed to water once weekly, they are encouraged not to water at all unless needed. Restrictions under Stage 3 include the following measures:

–No watering with an irrigation system between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
–No use of water that allows runoff or other water waste
–No landscape watering during any form of precipitation
–Hydro seeding, hydro mulching and sprigging are prohibited.

Activities allowed under Stage 3 include:
–Operation of ornamental fountains when recycled water is used
–Filling swimming pools
–Watering foundations or new landscaping with a hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation

New landscaping and new plantings (first year) of shrubs and trees have 30 days to establish after installation, during which time they can be watered with irrigation systems. Properly registered and operated ET controlled and drip systems may operate without restrictions.

Violating the Stage 3 water restrictions could result in a fee of $50, $100, or $150. Fees will be delivered through the regular water bill, and failure to pay fees can result in water being shut off to the home or business.

To report a water violation, call the water restriction hotline at 972-439-1059. For more information, visit

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