(March 8, 2013) Spring forward Sunday and adjust your sprinkler system. The City of Frisco reminds residents Daylight Saving Time (DST) triggers time-of-day watering restrictions under the city’s annual Water Efficiency Plan. Beginning March 11, outdoor watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This year, DST runs through November 3.
“We believe in seasonal watering,” said Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works. “So when you adjust your clocks this Sunday, don’t forget to adjust your sprinkler system to reflect our time-of-day restrictions.”
As a member of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), Frisco remains under Stage 2 restrictions outlined in the district’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plans.
Under Stage 2, residents can water twice a week, if necessary – once on your trash collection day and an additional day. To determine your ‘additional’ outdoor watering day, go to www.FriscoTexas.gov/Water and click on watering schedule to see an area map.
The City of Frisco also has its own, onsite weather station in addition to four, automated rain gauges that staff uses to calculate weekly watering recommendations.
“We take data from our weather station, along with our rainfall data, and calculate how much water needs to be replaced on a weekly basis,” added Hartwell. “So every Monday, we put out a weekly watering recommendation.”
To receive these weekly advisories, go to www.FriscoTexas.gov/Water and subscribe to e-mail updates. You can also schedule a free, irrigation check-up. Frisco has two licensed, irrigation specialists who are available, by appointment, to detect broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, evaluate your system’s water use efficiency and make scheduling adjustments to your controller.
“We have all the water we need, but not enough to waste.” said Hartwell.