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Ricky Wilkins
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Username: Rickywilkins

Post Number: 3
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 08:58 am:   

In a post elsewhere on this bulletin board, someone mentioned a work shop conducted by the NTMWD board and further watering restriction recommendations that were coming from that board, most notably the restriction of overseeding with winter rye grass. What other restrictions can we expect, and when would they take effect? Be specific. What is the City of Frisco planning to adopt and when? Also, who are the members of this board, and how are they appointed/elected? Thank you.

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 170
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 01:08 pm:   


The NTMWD is still evaluating additional restrictions for Stage 3. When completed, the district will give us a formal letter with a 30 day notice. The City of Frisco does not consider over-seeding of existing turf with Rye grass as new landscaping. Therefore, no 30 day exemption will be granted. We will allow over-seeding at parks and on athletic fields as necessary for public safety.

The NTMWD Board is composed of representatives from the 13 member cities. The City of Frisco has two board members. No city has more than two board members. The members are appointed by the city council from each city.

The City of Frisco will continue to enforce our existing Stage 3 restrictions until we receive new recommendations from the NTMWD to consider. Thanks for your inquiry.

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Username: Shelgeyr

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 03:13 pm:   

Mr. Hartwell,
Has the NTMWD stated the circumstances under which the restrictions will be eased? "Rain", obviously, but are targets published like how much rain, within what timeframe, over how large an area, etc., or are the restrictions based on lake/aquifer levels?

On a related issue, when I built in Frisco (near the community college) I was told the aquifer was at some great depth (like 1200 feet), making it cost-prohibitive to drill a well for residential use. Do you know if this is true, and does the city have any kind of topographical map showing water table levels for the area?


Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 171
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 07:25 am:   


Several factors are considered. The most important factor for reducing the restrictions is lake levels. We will be at least at Stage 3 until the lakes are near full, or possibly until early 2008.

There are three aquifers below Frisco; the Woodbine at 900 feet, the Paluxy at 1500 feet and the Trinity at 2500 feet. You are correct, based on water availability, it is cost prohibitive.

Brian C
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Username: Brianc

Post Number: 75
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 12:20 pm:   

Is it being considered to make Stage 3 the new standard?

(Message edited by admin on September 28, 2006)

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 172
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 09:45 am:   


The Drought Contingency Plan will be implemented as necessary based on lake levels, drought forecasts, and other mitigating factors considered by the North Texas Municipal Water District. No particular stage would be considered as a standard.

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