(August 19, 2011) Effective today, August 19, the City of Frisco is in Stage 2 drought restrictions at the direction of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). Frisco’s Stage 2 water restrictions call for a 5% reduction in water use by mandating residents take the following actions:
Restrictions apply to automatic sprinkler systems.
· Limit outdoor watering to two-days-per-week, which coincides with residents’ trash service day plus an additional day (See www.friscotexas.gov/water to determine your additional outdoor watering day).
· Do not water outside between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
· Do not allow water to flow away from property.
· Do not water hard surfaces, like streets and driveways.
Hand watering, soaker hoses and drip/bubbler systems, used to protect home foundations or tend to trees and shrubs, are allowed anytime of the year.
“Following Stage 2 drought restrictions should be routine for Frisco residents since we have been living by our mandatory, two-days-a-week outdoor watering restrictions since July 1 of this year,” said Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works. “Our annual restrictions are part of our year-round, Water Efficiency Plan, which is included in our overall Water Management Plan. As a member city of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), we’re imposing Stage 2 drought restrictions because the district is experiencing supply issues.”
NTMWD announced Stage 2 restrictions effective August 1 as a result of:
· temporary loss of raw water supply due to invasive zebra mussels;
· continued drought;
· record usage for the district;
· approaching treatment plant capacity during high consumption periods.