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Richardson to Modify Stage 3 Emergency Water Management Plan Effective November 1
Posted Date: 10/28/2013 7:30 AM

The City of Richardson will implement modified Stage 3 Winter Water Restrictions Friday, November 1, 2013. The modification follows guidance by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) which is facing critical shortages in its water supply due to below average rainfall, declining water levels of NTMWD reservoirs and the ongoing prohibition of pumping water from Lake Texoma due to a zebra mussel infestation.

The NTMWD is Richardson’s water supplier, and will monitor water supplies through the winter to determine the level of needed restrictions to take place after March 31, 2014.

The following schedule allows twice a month watering and is based on guidelines approved by the NTMWD:

Last digit of address Allowed landscape water day
0,2,4,6,8 (Even) 1st and 3rd Saturday (any time of day; as needed)
1,3,5,7,9 (Odd) 1st and 3rd Sunday (any time of day; as needed)

As part of the Stage 3 Winter Water Restrictions, seasonal landscape watering is limited to Saturday for service addresses ending in an even number and Sunday for service addresses ending in an odd number beginning November 1, 2013. Landscape experts point out that lawns become dormant during winter months and require less water. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems can continue to be used for foundations, trees and other ornamental landscaping as needed.

Additional restrictions:

  • No outdoor watering is allowed 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 (maximum 2 hours per day).
  • 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 to meet safety concerns. The Richardson Parks and Recreation Department is switching off irrigation systems as part of normal winter operations.
  • 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 may water as needed.
  • Hydroseeding, hydromulching and sprigging is permitted.

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 granted for Stage 3 water restrictions in Richardson will expire on Nov. 1, 2013 when modified Stage 3 Winter 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.

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