City updates drought plan

Highland Village Council members passed the first read of an ordinance amending the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency ordinance at their meeting Tuesday.

The amendment allows for the implementation of water conservation measures when requested by the Upper Trinity Regional Water District.

Upper Trinity is expected to activate Stage 2 of their Drought Contingency Plan on March 1st, which will limit landscape watering to no more than twice per week.

“With ongoing drought conditions, water conservation will continue to be an important issue in North Texas. Through our partnership with the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, Highland Village will continue to be proactive in conserving our water resources. This drought contingency ordinance gives our Public Works Department additional tools to help manage water usage in Highland Village during times of peak usage,” said Mayor Scott McDearmont.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement for the analysis of the city’s water supply.

As the city reaches build out, a water supply study will determine the options available for increasing the city’s water supply and for improving the city’s ability to manage its water distribution system so that adequate volumes of water may be delivered for domestic use and fire protection in the event of the loss of one or more critical water distribution facilities or supply.

During the City Manager Report, the HVTV News segment informed residents of the parks and recreation photo contest. The contest is for photos taken in Highland Village during the fall and winter months. Categories include Best Overall, Park Landscapes, Architecture/Structures, Nature/Wildlife and Black & White Photos. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners. Deadline to submit is February 29. Visit for more information. Also during the City Manager Report, the HVBA Business Spotlight showcased Highland Village’s community theater, Studio B.

City Manager Michael Leavitt announced that Highland Village recently received the Great Texas Trail Head Award from the Texas Trails Network. The award was given in recognition of the planning and design of the city’s Inland Trails System. Highland Village received the award as part of the Trails of Texas awards program in conjunction with the Texas Trails Network annual conference and was the only public entity in the state of Texas to receive the award.



Submitted by the City of Highland Village

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