WYLIE –– It's that time again: The North Texas Municipal Water District is enacting Stage 3 water restrictions on Saturday in an effort to conserve during the peak summer months.
Officials say the water level at Lake Lavon in Wylie is seven feet below the normal conservation level. Jim Chapman Lake is more than eight feet below. Residents are being asked to limit outdoor watering to once a week, if needed at all. The water district hopes to reduce water consumption by 10 percent.
"We're hoping to avoid entering Stage 4 which would be no outdoor watering," said district spokeswoman Denise Hickey. "And when you have no outdoor watering management strategy then you have an economic impact to the community."
Hickey says recent rain simply has not been enough to replenish the supply of water in the area's reservoirs.
Historically, the water district has pulled water from several different lakes, including Lake Texoma, but they have been without access to Lake Texoma since 2009 because of invasive zebra mussels. That lake accounts to 28 percent of the area's supply. It likely won't be available again until sometime in 2014.
Meanwhile, the water levels at Lake Lavon and Lake Jim Chapman remain low.
Those conditions have only added to the situation that's prompting the water restrictions. The NTMWD serves the cities of Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie.
The Tarrant Regional Water District enacts its Stage 1 water restrictions on Monday.
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