The Richardson City Council will review the implementation of tighter water restrictions on Monday, following a decision yesterday by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Board of Directors to initiate Stage 3 water conservation measures. The District has set an effective date of June 1 for the more stringent measures, with the goal of achieving a 10 percent reduction in water use.
The NTMWD Board action was taken because of less than average rainfall in recent months and little near-term sign of improvement.
As of Thursday, April 25, Lake Lavon’s elevation was down 7.7 feet. Lake Chapman, another NTMWD water source was down 7.9 feet. In addition, the water district still cannot use water from Lake Texoma due to the presence of invasive zebra mussels. Lake Texoma normally provides 28 percent of NTMWD’s total raw water supply. A new pipeline is being constructed to transport water to the NTMWD water treatment plant in Wylie, which would restore Lake Texoma as a water source, but the first phase of that project will not be completed until January 2014.