Saturday, September 23, 2023

Stage 1 Water Restrictions Implemented June 3rd

The City of Southlake is implementing Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday, June 3 at the direction of the Fort Worth Water Department and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD).  The water restrictions are necessary because of low water supply levels. Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), who supplies  raw water to Fort Worth for purification and sale to water customers expects the area lakes to reach the trigger – 75 percent level of available water supply – by then. The current level is 76 percent.

Unfortunately, we have not seen the normal spring and fall rainfall in our watersheds. This is the 4th driest spring on record, and we need 6-9” to get back to normal going into summer. TRWD anticipates we will remain in Stage 1 through at least this fall.

The primary focus of Stage 1 actions is to significantly reduce outdoor watering, which can account for as much as 50 percent of the daily residential water used during the summer.

Stage 1 limits outdoor watering with an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler to a maximum of two assigned days per week for all customers. Residential customers whose addresses end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are permitted to water lawn and landscapes only on Sundays and Thursdays. Addresses ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 or 0) may water on Saturdays and Wednesdays only.  Non-residential addresses including businesses, HOAs, parks, and medians can water only on Tuesday and Fridays. No watering is allowed on Mondays.

The time of day restriction, which prohibits outdoor watering with sprinklers between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., continues to be in effect.

Watering by hand-held hose, drip irrigation or soaker hose is allowed at any time. Residents are encouraged to limit such watering to a maximum of two hours per day.

Other Stage 1 measures include the following.

  • Vehicle washing is limited to the use of hand-held buckets and a hose with a positive shutoff valve. Vehicles may be washed at any time at a carwash.
  • No hosing of buildings or other structures for purposes other than fire protection.
  • Encouraging no hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc.
  • Encouraging hotels, restaurants and bars to serve water only upon request.
  • Establishing new turf is discouraged, and a variance is required to do so.

Water conservation is necessary to provide a continued water supply over the coming years. Join us in protecting our water resources.

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