(March 30, 2012) Frisco continues to work towards reducing water consumption by 10 percent and remains at Stage 3 restrictions, as recommended by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD).
Yesterday, the North Texas Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved its staff recommendation to relax restrictions and move from ‘enhanced’ to ‘regular’ Stage 3 water management measures, which allow outdoor watering once a week.
Under Frisco’s Stage 3 restrictions, outdoor watering is limited to once a week on trash collection day -- but only if necessary. The district’s decision does not change what Frisco residents are already doing under Stage 3.
“Our conservation message stays the same, for now,” said Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works.
“Keep your sprinkler systems turned to ‘off’ and subscribe to our weekly e-mail watering advisories, which are based on data collected from the city’s weather station,” added Hartwell, noting Frisco’s Stage 3 restrictions have allowed for weekly watering since the city moved to Stage 3 of the city’s Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan in November 2011.
In addition to Stage 3, Frisco is currently operating under time-of-day restrictions as part of its year-round Water Management Plan. Outdoor watering is prohibited between 5 a.m. – 8 a.m. and between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Time-of-day restrictions coincide with Daylight Saving Time (DST), which began March 11 and run through November 4 of this year.
Recent rains have filled area lakes, ending drought throughout the region. Lavon Lake is the primary source for the NTMWD. However, 28 percent of the district’s water supply remains ‘offline’ because of zebra mussel infestation at Lake Texoma, which is a supplemental source. For these reasons, Hartwell acknowledges many residents may wonder why Frisco and other NTMWD member cities continue to operate under Stage 3 restrictions.
“The issue is no longer drought – but supply,” said Hartwell. “It’s not really about ‘when’ you can water, but whether you need to water,” said Hartwell, adding recent rains make outdoor watering unnecessary at the moment.
In 2011, the City of Frisco calculated residents needed to water just 11.5 inches to supplement the 27 inches of rain the city received last year. In fact, the City of Frisco advised NO WATERING was necessary for 33 out of 52 weeks last year. For more information, go to www.friscotexas.gov/water.