The Lewisville City Council amended the city's Emergency Water Management Plan that will place restrictions on outdoor watering for customers during the entire year.
Starting May 1, customers in the city will be limited to two outdoor waterings per week. Residents' street addresses will determine what two days they will be permitted to use water outdoors.
The watering schedule for city water costumers will be as follow:
- Tuesday and Saturday: People who live on property with an even-numbered address ending in 0,2,4,6,8 or those with no street address.
- Wednesday and Sunday: Properties with an odd-number address ending in 1,3,5,7
- Monday and Thursday: Commercial and multifamily customers
The city said they will also restrict outdoor water use from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during May 1 until Sept. 30.
Residents under certain circumstances may find themselves under different requirements.
- Properties with irrigation systems that do not tap into the city water supply, but rather water wells or irrigation water.
- Properties that are too large for all irrigation zones to be watered within the allowed time. Those properties can request a variance allowing them to spread their watering into additional days, but with each zone only being watered the approved number of times.
- Properties that install new sod or landscaping. A variance can be requested to allow more frequent watering for a set period of time to allow the new plantings to become established.
Lewisville buys water from Dallas Water Utilities, which require the city to adopt similar provisions as those in Dallas. Other North Texas cities, such as Fort Worth and Arlington, have adopted similar restrictions, according to a news release.
Similar restrictions were enforced in July and August of 2013. After the restrictions were put in place, there was a 10 percent reduction in water use citywide, compared to the same two months in 2012, according to the news release.
Due to the North Texas water crisis, the City of Lewisville said they could add more water restrictions if the circumstances worsen. This could lead to a complete ban on outdoor watering.