North Texas

Recent Rains Benefit Reservoirs, Avoid More Restrictions

TRWD says reservoirs are much better than just a few months ago

Sunday morning storms may have ruined some Easter services, but they continued to benefit North Texas water reservoirs.

This year's rain, snow and ice means water users won't face tougher restrictions, at least for now.

The rain has certainly helped with conservation efforts, as experts say you really haven't had to water your lawn in about five months.

But while the rain has provided a lot of benefits, it's still not enough to restore several reservoirs, like Eagle Mountain Lake, to full capacity.

The grasses are green, flowers are in bloom and at Archie's Gardenland in Fort Worth business is booming.

"I've seen our parking lot fill up very quick each morning and they're here until close, just about," said Randall Archie.

He says last year was tough on business, with the lack of rain, but this year's rainfall has made a big difference.

"Gardeners are smart and they really look to kind of what the weather is going to bring us as to what they're going to plant," Archie said.

Gardeners aren't the only ones benefitting. The entire water system is, too.

"We've been in basically a four year drought and it's nice to see our reservoirs recover like they have recently because that's something we haven't seen in a long time," said Mark Olson, of the Tarrant Regional Water District.

At the end of last year it appeared stage two, or once a week, watering restrictions would happen by March.

"We were bouncing right against the trigger level of 60-percent," Olson said.

But in the last few weeks TRWD water reservoirs rose to 76-percent of capacity, mostly thanks to rain in East Texas. Reservoirs there are at 86-percent capacity.

"The West Fork however has not seen a lot of rain," Olson said.

Those reservoirs, like Eagle Mountain Lake, are at just 45-percent capacity.

So while there is improvement there's still a long way to go. That means conservation, like water restrictions, remain critical.

"They've had a really good impact and extended our water supplies," Olson said of the restrictions.

Conservation is something gardeners and garden centers are thinking about too, whether it's planting smarter or making use of the rain we get.

"We catch water off of our greenhouse runoff and are able water crops with that," Archie said.

Don't expect to see twice a week restrictions go away though. In Fort Worth they're now permanent.

And the water levels will of course drop as we get into the summer months.

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