The City of Rockwall Initiates Stage 3 of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Emergency Response Plan. Residents are urged to continue water reduction efforts as this drought continues.
City officials announced that on November 1 the City of Rockwall will begin Stage 3 of the Conservation and Drought Contingency and Emergency Response Plan. Under Stage 3, the City will accelerate efforts to reduce water use and urge residents to conserve every drop of water.
The implementation of Stage 3 comes at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the city’s water supplier. NTMWD initiated Stage 3 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan, March 2008, as a result of the temporary loss of 22.5% from the Lake Texoma raw water supply due to invasive zebra mussels, the continued drought conditions with NTMWD’s Lake Chapman water supply capacity at 35% and Lake Lavon only at 50%, the need for Stage 3 restrictions is immediate.
The City is implementing the following water conservation strategies:
- Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to no more than once every other Saturday.
- Foundations, new landscaping, new plantings (first year shrubs and trees) may be watered for up to two hours on any day by a hand-held hose, a soaker hose, or a dedicated zone using a drip irrigation system.
- Prohibit washing or rinsing of vehicles by hose except with a hose-end cutoff nozzle.
- Prohibit hosing of paved areas, buildings or windows.(Pressure washing of impervious surfaces where a health issue may be present is permitted.)
- Prohibit using water in such a manner as to allow runoff or other waste.
- Prohibit planting of cool season grasses (such as rye grass or other similar grasses) that intensify cool season water requirements.
- Wait until current drought has passed before establishing new landscaping and no hydro-seeding, hydro-mulching or sprigging is allowed.
- Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems between November 1 and March 31 to once every two weeks.An exception is allowed for landscape associated with new construction that may be watered as necessary for 30 days from the date of the certificate of occupancy, temporary certificate of occupancy, or certificate of completion.
- Watering of golf courses using treated water is prohibited except as needed to keep greens and tee boxes alive.(The Shores Country Club uses raw water from the City of Dallas and their watering will not be restricted by the City of Rockwall.)
- Registered and properly functioning ET/Smart irrigation systems and drip irrigation systems may irrigate without restrictions.(Go towww.rockwall.com/greento print ET/Smart irrigation system registration form.)
- Public athletic fields used for competition may be watered twice per week.
- Restrictions do not apply to locations using treated wastewater effluent for irrigation or the legal use of water pumped from Lake Ray Hubbard as may be regulated by the City of Dallas.Locations using other sources of water supply for irrigation may irrigate without restrictions.
- Existing swimming pools may not be drained and refilled (except to replace normal water loss.)
Since Lake Texoma represents almost a quarter of the North Texas raw water supply, NTMWD continues to work with all state and federal agencies involved to safely restore the Texoma water supply while minimizing the transfer of zebra mussels into Lake Lavon and the Trinity River Basin. Although zebra mussels are not harmful to humans and do not contaminate the water, they do attach to water facilities and pipes that pump water causing increased operating and maintenance costs.
Extending the NTMWD’s water supply during Stage 3 through the efficient use of existing water resources is crucial to meeting the long-term water needs of the NTMWD’s Member Cities and Customers.
For more information and conservation tips, please go towww.rockwall.com/green.