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Twice-Per-Month Water Restrictions to Continue through May
Posted Date: 5/1/2014

Lavon Lake Levels ChartThe City of Richardson will continue a modified version of Stage 3 water restriction measures through the month of May. The restrictions limit lawn irrigation to twice a month and prohibit watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In past years the City has been able to alleviate restrictions during the spring and summer to allow once-per-week watering, but the North Texas Municipal Water District (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. NTMWD reservoir elevation numbers are significantly lower than this time last year. As of Wednesday, Lavon Lake’s elevation was down 11.7 feet, and Chapman Lake was down 10.8 feet.

The schedule below is based on guidelines approved by the NTMWD:

 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.)

The NTMWD, which supplies water to Richardson, has recommended that its member cities restrict watering to once every two weeks because of the ongoing drought and loss of Lake Texoma as a water source due to a zebra mussel infestation. A new pipeline that was built to address the issue should be operational in the coming weeks, but even the addition of that water will not be enough to relieve the concerns over currently low water reservoir levels. NTMWD officials are expected to review drought conditions and discuss future recommendations at a meeting on May 22.

Richardson residents are encouraged to help save water by turning off irrigation systems and watering lawns only when needed. Moisture meters are available from the City as part of the Outdoor Water Conservation Kit for $5.

Learn more about the water restrictions at cor.net/waterconservation or through the MyRichardson mobile app, which provides a schedule of specific watering days and the ability to report violations. Watch a City Council work session about the continuation of the modified Stage 3 water restrictions at bit.ly/1m7K0Wf.