North Texas water district activates emergency plan

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

WYLIE, Texas (AP) -- The North Texas Municipal Water District is stepping up its emergency response plan because of the drought and wants to reduce water usage by 5 percent.

The district on Monday announced Stage 2 restrictions that will limit landscape watering to two days per week and ban watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. City water use for washing streets, vehicles and ornamental fountains will be stopped.

The district says the plan had to be implemented because Lake Texoma's water supply is temporarily unavailable due to invasive zebra mussels, Lake Chapman's capacity is at 47 percent due to the drought and the area has had record water usage.

Zebra mussels do not contaminate the water, but do attach to water facilities and pipes.

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