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Drought Requirements In Effect

It has been a year since we entered Stage 1 of our drought plan, and drought conditions persist. This is the lowest our lake levels have been entering summer in several decades, according to Tarrant Regional Water District. There is a 10 percent chance we could reach Stage2 (maximum once per week watering) later this summer. Efficient water use now may help us avoid, or at least delay, reaching Stage 2.

lakelevelsFort Worth implemented Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday, June 3, 2013 because water supplies for Tarrant Regional Water District, Fort Worth’s raw water supplier, had reached the trigger level of 75 percent level of available water supply.

The primary focus of Stage 1 actions is to significantly reduce outdoor watering, which can account for as much as 50 percent of the daily residential water used during the summer. In the summer, lawns need about an inch of water every seven to 10 days.

Stage 1 limits outdoor watering with an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler to a maximum of two assigned days per week for all customers. Residential customers whose addresses end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are permitted to water lawn and landscapes only on Sundays and Thursdays. Addresses ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 or 0) may water on Saturdays and Wednesdays only.  Non-residential customers, including apartments, businesses, parks and common areas, can water only on Tuesday and Fridays. No watering is allowed on Mondays.

The time of day restriction, which prohibits outdoor watering with sprinklers between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., continues to be in effect.

Watering by hand-held hose, drip irrigation or soaker hose is allowed at any time. Residents are encouraged to limit such watering to a maximum of two hours per day. 

The watering restrictions apply to all 225,000 Fort Worth retail accounts, including those outside the city limits. It also applies to wholesale customers, the other entities that purchase treated water and resell it. In accordance with their contract, wholesale customers must enact the same restrictions as Fort Worth.  View Stage 1 Rules and Watering Schedule 

The wholesale customers that regularly purchase water are Aledo, Bethesda Water Supply Corp., Burleson, Crowley, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst , Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills,  Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White Settlement.

About 89 percent of Texas is some level of drought. View U.S. Drought Monitor.