District Will Vote on Easing Water Restrictions

Board holds special meeting Thursday

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    The North Texas Municipal Water District Board is expected to make a big decision Thursday afternoon, whether or not they'll relax water restrictions.

    The lake level at Lake Levon has risen 12 feet since December. The boost to the water supply from recent rain, could have a trickle down effect to customers' lawns.  Right now, customers in the district can only fire up their sprinklers twice per month.  If the board decides to relax restrictions, customers could water once per week.

    The district spokeswoman, Denise Hickey tells NBC 5 that everyone has been conserving water to help reach the 10 percent reduction goal, and recent rain runoff has helped drought-like conditions.

    "I think it's great.  The recent rain events, we know we're predicted to have another dry summer, but it puts our lake capacity at really good levels, moving into the summer months," said Hickey.

    The district is made up of 13 local cities, though other areas also pay to tap into the supply.

    If the board votes to ease restrictions, the changes will take effect April 1. 

    Hickey urges customers not to water more just because they can.  The district is working on a pipeline from Lake Texoma to the local water treatment facility, but that will take two years.  She said it's important to make the supply last through the next two summer seasons.

    "We still have 28 percent of our water supply we can't access out of Texoma, so everyone needs to realize even though we've had good rain we still are not at 100 percent of our supply," said Hickey.

    NBC 5 will update this story when the decision is reached.  Check back and refresh this page to see the latest information, or watch NBC 5 News Thursday afternoon.