May 22, 2006

Stage 3 Coming Soon

After a prolonged drought, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is expected to implement a mandatory outdoor water restriction this summer. Officials are expecting that by the beginning of June they will have to declare Stage 3 water restrictions (at Stage 3, a ban would be in place on all outdoor watering between 10:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M. and would limit landscape watering to 1 inch per week).

A Stage 3 water restriction is expected in large part due to lower then normal water levels in Lavon Lake that is down to around 484 feet from its usual 492-foot elevation. Lavon Lake located at river mile 55.9 on the East Fork of the Trinity River, approximately three miles East of Wylie, supplies 98 percent of Little Elm’s water and also supplies water for Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Garland and Mesquite. When Stage 3 is in place watering would be limited to business on Mondays, homes with even numbered address on Tuesdays, and homes with odd numbered address on Wednesdays. Parks and other open spaces would be watered on Thursdays. Fridays – Sundays would be used to help the water supply recover.

At the beginning of 2006, NTMWD declared a Stage 2 water restriction, which is moderate and relies on voluntary conservation from residents and businesses. Little Elm, being a member of the district and following its own Drought Contingency Plan, implemented the voluntary restrictions and continues to do so. Many believe that the entire North Texas area will continue to have drought restrictions for quite a long time to come. Doug Peach, Little Elm’s Public Works Director thinks that the drought could last another year to five years and may even go beyond.

According to the Executive Director of the NTMWD, Jim Parks, most of these restrictions make sense with or without a drought and that watering once a week provides for a healthier lawn and root system, and not watering during the heat of the day prevents evaporation and scorching your lawn.

Look for more water saving tips to come on this blog.


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