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TRWD to implement Stage 1 of drought contingency plan June 3

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) has notified its wholesale customers – including the cities of Bridgeport and Decatur – that it will implement Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan June 3.

The district’s overall system capacity is currently at 75 percent, as drought conditions persist in spite of recent scattered rains in North Texas. TRWD spokesman Chad Lorance said the decision will allow the district and its wholesale customers to conserve water until conditions improve. Customers will implement a maximum two-day-a-week watering schedule and other water-saving measures.

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

Residential customers whose addresses end in odd numbers (1,3,5,7 or 9) will be permitted to water lawns and landscapes with sprinklers only on Sundays and Thursdays. Addresses ending in even numbers (2,4,6,8 or 0) may only water on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Non-residential customers, including apartments, businesses, parks and common areas, may only water on Tuesdays and Fridays. Watering by hand, soaker hoses and drip irrigation is allowed at any time, on any day of the week.

The time of day restriction, which prohibits watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., will continue to remain in effect.

Other Stage 1 measures include reducing the frequency of draining and filling swimming pools, discouraging the public from hosing paved areas, and encouraging hotels and restaurants to only serve water upon request. Other wasteful acts such as neglecting leaky faucets and broken sprinklers, and allowing excessive water run-off are prohibited.

This is the second time TRWD, which serves 1.8 million people in 11 North Texas counties, has implemented watering restrictions based on storage capacity. The district last implemented restrictions in August 2011.

TRWD’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan can be viewed at www.savetarrantwater.com.

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