Cities who draw water from the Tarrant Regional Water District are expected to impose Stage 1 water restrictions by Sept. 1 if the current weather pattern holds through August.
The water reservoirs have been dropping by about 3 percent per month, according to Mark Olson, the district's water conservation coordinator, in a report by the Star-Telegram.
Olson told the paper that should the heat and lack of rain remain, the reserviors will only be 75 percent full at that point.
If imposed, Stage 1 water restrictions would further limit outdoor watering to two days per week and would prohibit hosing paved areas and washing vehicles with an open hose in an attempt to reduce consumption by 5 percent. There are, of course, some exceptions. See the Drought Plan here.
The TRWD provides water to 1.75 million people in 71 North Texas cities including Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Southlake, Keller and North Richland Hills. The TRWD pulls water from four owned and operated reservoirs (Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake, Cedar Creek and the Richland-Chambers Reservoir) and two lakes used for terminal storage (Lake Arlington and Lake Benbrook).