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Richardson to Initiate Modified Stage 3 Emergency Water Management Plan April 1
Posted Date: 3/28/2014 9:15 AM

The City of Richardson will implement a modified version of its Stage 3 water restriction measures Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The modification restricts outdoor irrigation activities from occurring between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and continues to allow only twice-per-month lawn irrigation.

During the winter, lawn watering was allowed during any time of day due to low evaporation rates and increased issues with water freezing on area roads and sidewalks during overnight hours.

In past years the City has been able to alleviate restrictions during the spring and summer to allow once-per-week watering, but the NTMWD has given direction to all of its member cities to continue only every-other-week watering due to critical water shortages in its water supply.

More on Richardson’s water restrictions is outlined below:

Lawn irrigation schedule (two times per month until further notice)
Last digit of address Allowed landscape water day
0,2,4,6,8 (Even) First and third Saturday of the month
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
1,3,5,7,9 (Odd) First and third Sunday of the month
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Additional restrictions:
  • No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or during times of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, etc.).
  • Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surfaces is prohibited.
Exemptions - The following water usage is exempt from Stage 3 restrictions:
  • Use of drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses to protect foundations is allowed. Recommended maximum 2 hours when needed and not during precipitation periods.
  • Hand watering of ornamental flower beds and other ornamental landscaping is allowed; hand watering of lawns is prohibited.
  • Variances are available for watering of existing newly installed landscaping until vegetative roots are established. Any variance approved for watering new landscaping will expire 30 days after becoming effective.
  • Public athletic fields may be watered as needed.
  • The operation of ornamental fountains is permitted.
  • Washing of vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. is permitted.
  • Newly constructed swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas may be filled.
  • Pools may be drained and refilled for repairs as needed (must follow proper water disposal methods).
  • Existing swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and spas may be replenished to maintain operational levels.
  • Commercial full-service or self-service car wash facilities, including those at service stations and automobile dealership facilities is permitted.
  • Washing or hosing down of sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or other similar paved surfaces is permitted.
  • Activities utilizing other sources of water (wastewater, effluent, natural water springs, ponds or deep water wells) are permitted.
  • Golf courses may water greens and tee boxes as needed.
  • Smart irrigation and drip irrigation systems water as needed.
  • Hydroseeding, hydromulching and sprigging is permitted.

Enforcement
The City’s Community Services Department has inspectors on duty 18 hours a day, seven days a week to enforce watering restrictions. Inspectors will proactively canvass neighborhoods and commercial areas to identify violations as well as respond to citizen complaints, which upon receipt will be dispatched to inspectors in the field for investigation/action.

Inspectors will also send notices when evidence of watering is observed. The purpose of the notice is to inform the violator that their sprinkler system is very likely operating on an inappropriate day or during an inappropriate time.

A defendant will not be required to appear in court if issued a citation for a first offence. A defendant may instead elect to plead ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest’ and pay a window fine of $150.

If a second (or subsequent) citation is issued or if a citation is written as an "aggravated offense," the defendant will be required to appear before a municipal court judge.

Variances
Variances granted for Stage 3 winter water restrictions in Richardson will expire on April 1, 2014 when modified Stage 3 water restrictions go into effect.

To meet public health and safety needs and to help maintain overall water pressure in the City’s system, the City of Richardson has certain facilities that must be watered outside the publicly mandated water restriction times. Such facilities include athletic and recreation facilities used by the public for a variety of purposes.

Though some City facilities will be watered outside times dictated by the ordinance, the City will maintain watering schedules that will meet or exceed conservation efforts. Other large public and private water users will also have variances for water usage, and will be monitored according to the guidelines in the variances for which they apply.

Anyone wishing to request a variance from Richardson’s water restrictions must contact the City’s Public Services Department at 972-744-4220.