The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) has notified its wholesale customers that it will implement Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency plan on Monday, August 29th. This is in response to the district’s storage capacity falling below 75%, a trigger for water restrictions for all of TRWD’s customers.
In a statement, the TRWD noted that this action is to “significantly reduce outdoor watering, which can account for 50 to 60 percent or more of the daily residential water use in the summer. ”
TRWD serves 1.8 million people including 98% of Tarrant County. It owns and operates four area reservoirs: Lake Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake to the northwest and Cedar Creek and Richland-Chambers Reservoirs in East Texas. The district determines its storage capacity based on the water supply levels of all four reservoirs.
In Southlake Stage 1 restrictions have been in place since July 25th, when the City’s upper level storage tanks reached trigger levels three days in a row and excessive use saw demand spike.
“We knew that it was a matter of time before the rest TRWD’s customers were also subject to restrictions,” said Public Works Director Bob Price. “Instead of having people ask about which days of the week there are allowed to water, we are answering questions about water conservation and how people can use less and still maintain their landscaping. ”
The Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has offered up several tips for watering trees in the drought. “The information might prove useful to this area since it focuses on large trees as well as trees which were recently planted,” said Price.
Tips include the best ways to water large trees, the use of soaker and garden hoses and even garden hose sprinklers. According to the handout: “A couple of dollars of water right now can protect your tree investment. ” (To read the handout in its entirety, click here).
Price reminds people to make sure they are watering according to the rules. “Be sure to water on your allotted days, and if you are using well water, please be sure that your sign announcing the use of well water can be easily seen from the road by our enforcement staff. ”
To learn more about water conservation in the City of Southlake please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/waterconservation.