As a precautionary measure, Bridgeport citizens will be limited to two days a week of lawn watering during specific hours, beginning next week.
At the request of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the city will enact stage I of the district’s drought contingency plan Monday, June 3.
The mandatory restrictions limit watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems to specific times:
- 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays or Saturdays for residential addresses ending in even numbers, and
- 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays or Sundays for odd numbered ones.
All non-residential locations may water on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Handheld hose or drip irrigation system watering for foundations and new shrubs and trees may be done up to two hours a day.
The drought plan is typically implemented when lake levels dip below 75 percent capacity. Although reservoirs in the TRWD have not yet reached that trigger point, they are close, and “there is a high likelihood” that they will by early June.
Persistent drought conditions across North Texas, and an anticipated increase in demand, prompted the conservation efforts.
Of all the reservoirs in the TRWD, Lake Bridgeport has seen the most loss. Currently the lake is 17.28 feet below its normal conservation level – more than 12 feet below where it stood at this time two years ago.
Eagle Mountain Lake is 4.47 feet low, and Richland-Chambers is 5.89 feet low. Cedar Creek is 3.52 feet below normal; Lake Worth is 3.08 feet low. Benbrook has dipped 2.23 feet low and Lake Arlington is less than a foot low.
TRWD officials anticipate remaining under Stage I restrictions through the summer, unless there is “any unusually wet weather.”
A copy of the drought plan, which was adopted into an ordinance by the Bridgeport Council in February 2010, can be viewed online at www.cityofbridgeport.net or at City Hall, 900 Thompson St.