Submitted by Anna Clark, City of McKinney
Recent rains, higher lake levels and successful conservation efforts have helped reduce pressure on the area’s water supplies. McKinney’s water supplier, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), and the City of McKinney are easing drought restrictions to Stage 2 effective June 1.
McKinney residents and businesses are allowed to use landscape watering systems twice weekly, on the residential trash day and again three days later. However, landscape should only be watered when necessary and in a way that avoids water waste.
The watering schedules for commercial properties are determined by the residential trash zone where the property is located. The city is still maintaining efforts to reduce water use, and conservation is encouraged. Other restrictions under Stage 2 include:
–No outdoor 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.
Watering any day by a hand-held hose, a soaker hose or a dedicated zone using drip irrigation is allowed. Registered and properly operated ET controlled systems may operation without restrictions.
Violating the Stage 2 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 www.mckinneytexas.org/waterrestrictions.