Post Number: 3
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 09:43 am: |
I see there is a new watering plan. I have a few questions about it and then one complaint that I think I am just unlucky.
Issue 1: Why is our trash day one of our watering days? This seems like poor planning as it makes it likely that our trash canisters and lawn clipping bags will be watered by the sprinklers. This is especially true on windy days (which we never have). I would rather not have to put a wet garbage can back in my garage where it is stored on non trash days. I also suspect that getting wet on a regular basis can't be good for the lifespan of the canisters. Additionally, I would think that any excess water that drips into the trash truck would make the garbage and recycling heavier. Many times the cost of landfill space is driven by volume and weight. Will this increase the city's costs? Finally, it seems inconvenient for the people collecting the yard waste for many of the bags to be wet.
Issue 2: It is unclear if the new plan modifies the advantage of installing a smart controller. I know in the past, it allowed watering on an as needed basis rather than restricting to a specific day because the total watering would be less. Is that still true? If so, the water efficiency page should probably say so.
Issue 3: I get the newspaper once a week (Sunday). I happen to have a trash day that will ensure if I water in the morning, I will water my paper every week. Is there any way to get a different second water day other than to move to a different part of town?
Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
Post Number: 252
|Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 09:43 am: |
Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. The City of Frisco and many other member cities of the North Texas Municipal Water District used trash day as the watering day during the Stage 3 restrictions in 2006-2007 that lasted for 13 months. The problems that you anticipate really did not occur. Most homeowners place their trash carts on the street or driveway, which are areas that should not be watered. Also, we encourage our residents to leave grass clippings on their lawns as a source of nutrients for better lawn growth. This practice is also considered as a type of recycling and the grass clippings then do not use up landfill space.
The new plan continues to promote the Smart Controller Program. We have also removed the $25 annual registration fee to encourage participation. We have a section on our Water Efficiency webpage to describe the program.
The new plan prohibits outdoor watering from 5 am to 8 am and from 10 am to 6 pm during Daylight Saving Time. During the winter and fall seasons we ask residents to also avoid these daily watering times. If your newspaper is delivered after 5 am and you pick it up before 8 am, you should be fine. You could also select other watering times not adjacent to the 5 to 8 am time period.
The designated outdoor watering days were adopted by council and cannot be changed without additional council action. I do not anticipate the consideration of any changes in the watering days by council. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact my office at 972-292-5800. Thanks again.
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 07:04 pm: |
For 2 days in a row, the entrance to the subdivision at Hillcrest and Brandenburg has had the sprinklers running around 5 pm. On Monday, it was raining while they were running and today, they were running for at least 2 hours. Are subdivisions exempt from watering restrictions?
Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
Post Number: 254
|Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 - 02:44 pm: |
Thanks for the information. We will check this location for excessive use of the sprinkler systems. There are no exemptions for outdoor watering during rainfall, at temperatures below 40 F, for water runoff away from property, or for watering hard surfaces like streets and alleys. We also prohibit outdoor watering from 5 to 8am and 10am to 6pm during Daylight Saving Time. If you have other concerns, please contact my office at 972-292-5800.