With all this rain, surely watering restrictions will be lifted, right? Despite all the precipitation Lake Lavon is still approximately 7 feet low, which confirms that plummeting lake levels are attributed to something other than lack of rainfall: CONSUMPTION. Residents of Dallas-Ft. Worth are the biggest wasters of water in the country, and citizens of Plano rank highest among our region. Not only will watering restrictions be upheld, it appears they might become more prohibitive.
City of Plano's Water Department and Environmental Services Division are very pro-active in their efforts to manage our natural resources. Whether or not the rain continues, we must make broad, sweeping, permanent steps toward reducing our consumption of water and other natural resources. Our ability to continue to develop depends on it.
UPDATED information about watering restrictions from City of Plano's Water Dept:
"The Plano City Council passed an amendment to the drought contingency plan on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Major changes include Stage 3 watering zones and authorized watering times. Attached you will find the new Watering Zone Map with associated authorized watering times.
The new Stage 3 water use restrictions are effective immediately; HOWEVER, full enforcement of the new watering times will not begin until May 7, 2007. This will allow time for a letter to be mailed to all water customers outlining the new changes. This delay in enforcement also allows time for water users to make the necessary changes to their irrigation systems. Monitoring crews will continue to enforce the prohibited hours of 10am - 6pm.
Please note that landscape irrigation by sprinkler system is expressly prohibited between the hours of :
10:00 am & 6:00 pm 10:00 pm – 2:00 am and all day on Sunday.
Please give this information widest dissemination amongst your Plano associates, friends and family.
For further information please see our web page at www.plano.gov/water."