Stage 3 water restrictions continue

The North Texas Municipal Water District will continue the watering once every two weeks for the month of April with month to month extensions depending on changes to the drought conditions. Cities under the NTMWD are Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City, Wylie.

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Did you know…

A slow drip can waste nearly 20 gallons of water a day, or 7,000 gallons a year.

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NTMWD Water Restrictions

The current modified stage 3 water restrictions for cities under the North Texas Municipal Water District allow watering once every two weeks. The restrictions are scheduled to return to the standard stage 3 on March 31 which allows weekly watering. However with the below average rainfall we have had to date, the modified stage 3 restrictions could be extended pass March 31. We will post any changes as things develop.

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Dallas area lake levels

The Dallas area lakes are still below normal. Lake Lavon -3 ft, Ray Hubbard -2 ft, Lewisville -4 ft, and Chapman -6ft. The new 8 ft wide pipe line by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) that runs from Lake Texoma to Lake Lavon was completed in October 2013 will help with water supplies. It is scheduled to go online in May after axillary facilities are built to treat and mix the water.

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Landscape watering needs

In general it is good to keep your soil moisture level 4-6 inches deep to reach the root system for your landscape. You can check the soil with a soil probe or a screwdriver to determine the soil moisture level. Keep in mind the soil type, plant type, time of year, and rainfall all factors in to how much water your soil needs.

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Watering your home’s foundation

Installing a watering system below the ground is the best way to water your foundation. Irri-Tech can modify your existing irrigation system and add a zone with a drip line just for your foundation. We run a drip line around your home a short distance off the foundation to distribute water into the soil evenly operated by your irrigation controller.

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How to conserve soil moisture

Mulching your landscape beds is a great way to help the soil retain moisture and reduce runoff. Mulch can also help slow down weed growth, prevent soil compaction, and improve the overall appearance of your landscape.

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Drought conditions

The moisture from the ice storm that came in the first week of December slightly improved drought conditions. Many counties improved from severe to moderate drought levels. Check the link below for the latest drought conditions. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX

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Lake levels

10/22/13 With the recent rain fall, lake levels did not change much. Lavon went up 1.3 inches and is at 48% full, Chapman did not gain at all. The pipeline to bring water from Texoma to the Wylie treatment plant is estimated to be completed late spring of 2014. Water restrictions will continue until Lavon and Chapman are refilled. Stage 4 could be implemented if Chapman or Lavon reach less than 35% full, and or other triggers.

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month – July is traditionally the month that water demands for landscapes are at their highest. On average homeowners overwater their landscape up to 30%. Let us check your irrigation controller settings and make sure your sprinkler system is operating efficiently. Saving water saves you money and is good for the environment. Click on the following link for more helpful...

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