Although much of North Texas still remains in Stage 3 Water Restrictions, the recent rainstorms brought the area lake levels up and much-needed relief to residents.
Lake Lavon, which has been holding near 50% capacity for the better part of a year, has seen its lake level rise this past week due to the rain. The lake rose approximately five feet in less than six days, which equates to about an 18% increase. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to alleviate the dangers of drought conditions for the area.
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) says that the twice-per-month watering restrictions will be extended to June 1, 2012. All residents of the North Texas district are asked to water only when absolutely necessary and to reduce turf irrigation – focus on trees, shrubs and foundations.
It’s important for everyone to use water wisely during these times of limited supply, because the NTMWD’s next step is Stage 4 Water Restrictions.
Last month, NTMWD was considering Stage 4 restrictions, which would prohibit landscape watering (except for foundations and hand-held hose watering of trees), it would prohibit permitting of new pools, no draining and refilling of existing pools, golf courses would have limited watering rights, no washing of vehicles, and the list goes on from there. In brevity, no unnecessary use of treated water. If Lake Lavon nears or drops below 35% capacity, the NTMWD will most assuredly put the Stage 4 restrictions in place.
But as of right now, Lake Lavon is at 75%. If North Texans will continue to be mindful of their water usage, and Mother Nature give us more rain like we had last week, we might avoid Stage 4 altogether.