By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor
With temperatures rising into the 60’s and 70’s already in February, homeowners may be tempted to start watering more often. Don’t. Despite the recent rain, Stage 3 water restrictions remain in effect in McKinney.
“Our city irrigation systems are off, and the Stage 3 water restrictions are still on,” Anna Clark, city communications and media manager, said Tuesday. Under the restrictions, watering is allowed on trash day.
Outdoor watering is not allowed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Violating the Stage 3 water restrictions could result in a penalty. Penalties will be delivered through your regular water bill. Failure to pay the penalties can result in the water to your home or business being shut off.
First penalty: $50
Second penalty: $150
Third and subsequent penalities: $150
To report a water violation please call the water restriction hotline at 972-439-1059.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN STAGE 3
* You may wash your car with a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle.
* You may irrigate with sources of water other than treated water from the city, for example a private well.
* You may water foundations, new landscaping, new plantings (first year) of shrubs and trees for up to 2 hours on any day by a hand-held hose, soaker hose or dedicated zone using a drip irrigation system. An exception is allowed for new landscapes; they may be watered as necessary for 30 days from the date of installation with proof of purchase or certificate of completion. The city suggests that residents and businesses postpone any new landscaping until the current drought situation has passed.
* You may irrigate at any time if you have an ET/Smart irrigation system that is properly functioning and registered with the city.
* You may replace swimming pool water lost through normal water loss.
* You may water public athletic fields up to two times a week if the fields are used for competition at least once a week.
RESTRICTIONS IN STAGE 3
* Landscape watering with an irrigation system is allowed only one day a week if needed, based on the residential trash pickup day for that collection zone. Find your residential trash zone.
* Commercial properties’ watering schedules are determined by the residential trash zone where the property is located. Find your residential trash zone.
* No outdoor watering is allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
* No hosing of paved areas, buildings or windows at any time.
* No operation of ornamental fountains or other amenities that use treated water.
* No washing or rinsing of vehicles by free-running hose.
* No use of water that allows runoff or other water waste.
* No hydro seeding, hydro mulching or sprigging is allowed.
* No draining or refilling of swimming pools.
* No watering of golf courses with treated water except as needed to keep greens and tee boxes alive.
* No landscape watering during any form of precipitation or freezing temperatures.
The North Texas Municipal Water District receives raw water supplies from Lavon Lake, Jim Chapman Lake, Lake Texoma, Lake Tawakoni, and Lake Bonham for treatment and distribution to the region served.
“It is critical for our communities to continue to meet or exceed the Stage 3 10 percent water use reduction goal,” said Jim Parks, executive director of the municipal water district. “While we cannot change nature, we can all do our best to extend our current available supplies through efficient daily uses of water. We must all do our part until the drought ends and the Texoma supplies are fully restored.”
More McKinney info: www.mckinneytexas.org/waterrestrictions