City of DFW area subject to water restrictions

As heat continues to weigh on Texas, drought conditions are forcing cities in the DFW area to adopt water restrictions.

DALLAS – It’s hot, very hot.

So hot, in fact, with little rain coming our way that drought conditions have worsened, forcing cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to enact water restrictions.

We wanted to help keep track of which cities in our area have these designations. Here is a list (The WFAA contacted surrounding communities and we will update the list as we learn / are informed more):

Phase 2

Cleburne

  • The city of Cleburne announced on August 5 that it had moved from phase 1 to phase 2 of drought response in its water conservation and drought plan. The Phase 2 drought response, effective August 8, includes additional irrigation restrictions for residential and non-residential operations. During stage 2, non-essential water is prohibited. Non-essential is defined as washing the windows, siding, eaves and roof of the house with a hose without the use of a bucket and a hose shut-off valve; wash paths, roads, curbs and gutters; wash vehicles without hose and bucket shut-off valve; draining filling of swimming pools; and water rinse systems. Unattended use of outdoor water (sprinkling of landscape vegetation) will only be allowed one day a week from March to October and only within the designated hours. Irrigation is not allowed from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm The single irrigation day program for unattended irrigation is as follows: Friday for non-residential sites (apartments, businesses, parks, common areas), Saturday residential addresses ending with even numbers and Sunday residential addresses ending with odd numbers.
  • Violators can be subject to penalties of up to $ 500. Community members can report violations by calling 817-645-0977.
  • Cleburne will enter Phase 3 drought conditions when capacity in Pat Cleburne Lake reaches 50% of conservation storage, according to Cleburne Public Works Director Jeremy Hutt. The director also added that the hope is that the restrictions placed in phase 2 will hopefully prevent the city from having to move to phase 3. The city’s water supply comes directly from Pat Cleburne Lake while also being integrated with the Aquila Lake water through a 30- mile pipeline.
  • For more information on water conservation and tips for reducing water consumption in your home, visit WaterIsAwesome.com.

De Soto

  • The city of DeSoto announced on August 5 that it had switched to phase 2 restrictions as part of the city’s drought contingency plan. Phase 2 restrictions include mandatory reductions in residential and business irrigation systems, as well as additional restrictions.
  • DeSoto Water customers using automatic sprinkler systems or outdoor hose end sprinklers to water lawns and landscaped areas will be restricted during Phase 2 to watering once every five (5) days between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 and between 7:00 pm and 23:00 The allowed days will be based on the last digit of their address. The following watering schedule shows which days will be allowed based on the last digit of their address:
    • Last digit 0 and 5: 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th
    • Last digit 1 and 6: 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st, 26th
    • Last digit 2 and 7: 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd, 27th
    • Last digit 3 and 8: 3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th, 23th, 28th
    • Last digit 4 and 9: 4th 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th
    • *** No irrigation on the 31st ***
  • Residents can water their lawns and landscaping with a portable hose, irrigation container or drip system (IE: immersion hose) without penalty; however, Council requires that reasonable efforts be made to reduce non-essential use.
  • Residential hand washing of cars or other vehicles is prohibited except on designated watering days between 5am and 9am and 7pm to 11pm
  • Other non-essential uses of water that are prohibited by Phase 2 restrictions include washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard surface areas; using water for dust control; operate a fountain or ornamental pond that is not designed to recirculate water and wash buildings or structures unless there is a fire protection benefit.
  • Violators could face fines of no more than $ 2,000 for each offense.
  • To view the City of DeSoto Drought Contingency Plan and all restrictions put in place in Phase 2, visit our homepage at www.desototexas.gov.

Phase 1

Carrollton

  • The City of Carrollton said it will enter Phase 1 of its drought contingency plan starting August 8. In phase 1, homeowners or their tenants do not have to water their lawns during peak water use hours from 10:00 to 18:00 Irrigation during the heat of the day depletes the city’s water supply and it has little effect on the landscape because water is lost to evaporation from heat and wind. A mandatory landscape irrigation schedule will come into effect on Monday 8th August that includes a maximum of two days per week for watering from 6pm to 10am only
  • Stage 1 Irrigation Guidelines Using Automatic Irrigation Systems: If the last digit of the property address is an odd number, water on Saturdays and Wednesdays. If the last digit of the property address is an even number, water on Sundays and Thursdays. If the property is non-residential (commercial, industrial, common areas and parks), water on Tuesdays and Fridays. There will be no watering on Mondays.
  • The enforcement actions for the Carrollton Phase 1 Drought / Emergency Response Phases are as follows: Upon the first violation, the customer will be given written notification of the mandatory water use restrictions. On the second and subsequent violations, subpoenas may be issued to customers with fines not exceeding $ 2,000 per day. After two violations have occurred, Council can install a flow restrictor in the line to limit the amount of water that can pass through the meter in a 24 hour period. After three violations, the Municipality can suspend the water service to the customer.
  • For more information on water conservation, call (972)466-3120 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/water.

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