Water District lifts Stage 1 drought restrictions

Recent rains have helped lower water demand on the Upper Trinity Regional Water District’s treatment and distribution system, causing the Stage 1 watering restrictions to be lifted, according to a news release.

“We ask residents to continue to remain vigilant to their water usage, since there a few months of warm temperatures remaining,” said Larry N. Patterson, Executive Director of Upper Trinity Regional Water District. “The basic water conservation strategy is to limit outdoor watering to no more than two times per week, and only if needed; and, avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.”

According to the Texas Water Development Board, outdoor irrigation can account for 50 percent or more of total water use during the summer, and much of this can be wasted through inefficient landscape watering practices. Watering deep and infrequent and watering early or late in the day, can save water and improve the health and vigor of the landscape.

“We appreciate the diligent efforts of Upper Trinity Members and Customers to conserve water during this time,” Patterson said.

Upper Trinity continues to encourage Customers to increase public education efforts on ways to reduce water use. The public can conserve water by:

  • Having a certified irrigation professional perform an irrigation system check-up to ensure it is watering efficiently.
  • Follow weekly outdoor watering recommendations provided by Texas A&M AgriLife at WaterMyYard.org.
  • Creating a water-wise landscape by using plants that are native and adapted to the North Texas area.
  • Checking for and repairing toilet leaks and dripping faucets.
  • Installing water saving shower heads and taking shorter showers.
  • Washing only full loads of dishes and laundry.

More water saving tips can be found at Upper Trinity’s website at www.utrwd.com.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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