August 6, 2011

  

What You Need To Know About Arlington’s Upcoming Water Restrictions

When lake levels drop to 75 percent, Tarrant Regional Water District, Arlington’s raw water supplier, will mandate that the City enter Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency and Water Management Plan. Stage 1 means new water restrictions for all of Arlington’s residential and business customers.

These mandatory watering restrictions are scheduled to take effect on August 29.

The Stage 1 restrictions dictate a watering schedule that allows customers to water lawns and landscape beds no more than twice a week and only on selected days. This includes any outdoor sprinklers or irrigation systems. Washing down sidewalks, driveways or buildings that aren’t immediate safety concerns is prohibited. “Sweeping is a better alternative,” said Dustan Compton, Arlington Water Utilities’ Conservation Program Coordinator.

Residents with addresses ending with an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will be allowed to water their lawns on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while residents with addresses that end in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can use outdoor watering on Thursdays and Sundays.

All non-residential customers, such as apartments, businesses, medians and common areas, parks, etc., will be permitted to water outdoors on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The goal of the Stage 1 restrictions is to lower water usage by 5 percent or greater. “We’re trying to reduce non-essential water use,” Compton said.

In 2006, Arlington adopted an ordinance against outdoor watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round because of the high water waste due to evaporation during those times. That ordinance will still be in effect if the City enters Stage 1 of the Drought Management Plan.

For more information about Stage 1 water restrictions, go to the City’s water utilities site, SaveArlingtonWater.com

Other Resources

How To Prepare Your Yard For Stage 1 Water Restrictions

Where Your Water Comes From

Back to Drought Restrictions web site


 
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