(October 18, 2013) Frisco exceeded an ambitious goal for reducing water usage this past fiscal year, despite continuing population growth. Frisco Public Works Director Gary Hartwell said city residents and businesses reduced their water use by 11.1 percent in FY 2013, which ended Sept. 30.
Since Stage 3 was initiated on June 1, Frisco has saved about 860 million gallons of water as compared to last year. The North Texas Municipal Water District had asked all member and customer cities to reduce annual consumption by at least 10 percent.
But despite recent rains, the Stage 3 water restrictions will continue into the fall because of low lake levels. After daylight savings ends next week, watering hours will no longer be restricted, but Hartwell encourages residents to turn off automatic sprinklers during the cool months because grass goes dormant.
“Please check our website every Monday or sign up for our e-mail to see if any outdoor watering is needed each week,” he said.
During Stage 3, planting and watering cool season grasses, such as rye or other similar grasses, which raise water needs, are not permitted.
“The greatest waste of water in the fall and winter is outdoor watering associated with the over-seeding of rye grass,” Hartwell said. “We have all the water we need for current and future residents, just not enough to waste.”