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Drought Requirements In Effect

It may be winter, but drought conditions still persist as far as our water supply is concerened.

lakelevels-02262014Fort Worth implemented Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday, June 3 because of low water supply levels. Water supplies from Tarrant Regional Water District, Fort Worth’s raw water supplier, had reached the trigger level of 75 percent level of available water supply. Since that time levels have continued to fall, though they have come up slightly with recent rainfall. Hopefully, we get enough precipitation this winter and spring to replenish our supplies before next summer.

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 these winter months, lawns don't need more than an inch of water every 15 to 20 days. We have been getiing enough water from the skies supplement irrigation isn't necessary.

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. 

Other Stage 1 measures include the following.

·         Vehicle washing is limited to the use of hand-held buckets and a hose with a positive shutoff valve. Vehicles may be washed at any time at a carwash.

·         Discouraging hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc.

·         Encouraging hotels, restaurants and bars to serve water only upon request.

·         Establishing new turf is discouraged, and a variance is required to do so.

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