On Nov. 1, tougher water restrictions will go into effect in cities serviced by the North Texas Municipal Water District.
The NTMWD is facing a crucial water shortage due to the drought. To conserve as much water as possible, they are recommending partner cities go to the Stage 3 Seasonal Watering conservation level.
Those cities affected include Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson and dozens of others (complete list below).
The district said Lavon Lake, the primary water supply, is more than 12 feet below the normal conservation level and that Lake Chapman and other key reservoirs are over 13 feet low.
Under Stage 3 Seasonal Watering, residents will only be allowed to water their lawns twice per month with irrigation systems and sprinklers. Those with addresses that end in an even number will be allowed to water their landscape on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, at any time of day. Those with addresses that end in an odd number will be allowed to water their landscape on the 1st and 3rd Sunday, at any time of day.
Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems can continue to be used for up to two hours per day for foundations, trees and other ornamental landscaping as needed.
The restrictions are expected to be in place until March 31, 2014. Anyone found to be in violation of the restrictions could face a $150 fine.
The NTMWD serves the following member cities: Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie. Additionally, the NTMWD lists the following towns as customers: Bonham, Caddo Basin SUD, Cash SUD, College Mound WSC, Copeville SUD, Crandall (Kaufman Four-One), East Fork SUD, Fairview, Fate, Forney Lake WSC, Gastonia-Scurry SUD, Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA), Josephine, Kaufman, Kaufman Four-One, Lavon W.S.C., Little Elm, Lucas, Melissa, Milligan WSC, Mount Zion WSC, Murphy, Nevada WSC, North Collin WSC, Parker, Prosper, Rose, Hill SUD, Rowlett, Sachse, Seis Lagos UD, Sunnyvale, Terrell and Wylie Northeast SUD.
To see a list of exemptions, visit The North Texas Municipal Water District online, here.