Tarrant Water Restrictions Take Effect Monday

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Monday, Aug 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:02 AM CDT
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Tarrant Water Restrictions Take Effect Monday

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Fort Worth is implementing Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday because water supply levels have reached the 75 percent trigger, according to Tarrant Regional Water District.

This is the first time Fort Worth has implemented water restrictions because of declining water supply levels. See a city by city list here.

Stage 1 limits outdoor watering to two assigned days per week for all customers. Residential customers whose addresses end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are permitted to water lawn and landscapes only on Sundays and Thursdays. Addresses ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 or 0) may water on Saturdays and Wednesdays only.

Non-residential customers, including apartments, businesses, parks and common areas, can water only on Tuesday and Fridays. No watering is allowed on Mondays.

The time of day restriction, which prohibits outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., continues to be in effect.

Other Stage 1 measures include the following.

• No hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc.
• Vehicle washing is limited to the use of hand-held buckets and a hose with a positive shutoff valve. Vehicles may be washed at any time at a carwash.
• No hosing of buildings or other structures for purposes other than fire protection.
• Reducing the frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools.
• Encouraging hotels, restaurants and bars to serve water only upon request.

The watering restrictions apply to all 220,000 Fort Worth retail accounts, including those outside the city limits. It also applies to wholesale customers, the other entities that purchase treated water and resell it. In accordance with their contract, wholesale customers must enact the same restrictions as Fort Worth. See a city by city list here.

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