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Drought Requirements In Effect

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.

Drought conditions persist. The area has had five consecutiive years of below average rainfall. Recent rainfalls have helped delay reaching the Stage 2 trigger of 60 percent of water supply. TRWD was projecting we could reach the 60 percent level in early January. Now the projection is into February. It will take a great deal more rainfall to significantly raise lake levels through the spring to keep from triggering Stage 2 this summer. In the heat of summer, lake levels fall about 1 percent a week because increases in both use and evaporative loss. 

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 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 58 percent of Texas is experiencing some level of drought, compared with about 44 percent at the beginning of 2014. View U.S. Drought Monitor.