The weekend rains across North Texas helped water lawns and landscapes but did not significantly impact the elevation of reservoirs that provide water for the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). That’s why NTMWD officials urge customers to continue observing the Stage 3 guidelines and set irrigation systems manually, and only water lawns if needed.
Today, all reservoirs used by the NTMWD for water supply remain below normal levels: Lavon Lake is more than 11 feet down; Lakes Jim Chapman and Tawakoni are both down more than 9 feet; and Lake Texoma is more than 5 feet low.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that between 30-70% of our water is used outdoors, and more than 50% of that is wasted from inefficient watering methods and systems.
“On average, using an automatic sprinkler system to water your lawn uses as much water as a 4-hour shower,” said Denise Hickey, Public Relations and Water Conservation Manager for NTMWD. “Being mindful of weather and only watering lawns when needed can significantly reduce overall water use.”
With Stage 3 water management strategies in place, conservation remains prevalent until the drought ends and reservoirs return to full elevations.
“Conservation is important, and it is working,” said Tom Kula, NTMWD Executive Director. “Those efforts, along with cooler temperatures and rain this summer will likely eliminate the need for Stage 4 water restrictions this year.”
Increasing water efficiency and conservation is key to the permitting of future water supplies, Kula said.
“Conservation alone will not meet the growing demands; however, an integral plan of both conservation and additional supplies is the right combination – we’ve got that,” he said.
The City of Richardson altered its irrigation schedule last month. The change allows for an every other week watering schedule instead of two times per month. The change will help to alleviate possible strains on the City’s water distribution system during peak demand periods.
To view the water schedule, visit cor.net/waterconservation.
To receive a recommendation for how much supplemental water your lawn actually needs based on weather conditions, sign up at WaterMyYard.org. More information and tips on water conservation can be found at northtexaswateriq.org and ntmwd.com.