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Jim Engelskirchen
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Username: Jimengel

Post Number: 13
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 07:16 pm:   

I'm confused about the new Stage 3 drought restrictions that will take effect November 1. Under what conditions can a homeowner be fined or have their sprinkler system turned off?

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 263
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 09:02 am:   


Thanks for your inquiry. Lake Chapman is at 33% capacity, Lake Lavon is at 49%, and Lake Texoma is unavailable due to the Zebra Mussel issue. Every violation in Stage 3 will result in the sprinkler system being turned off. The first violation includes a $25 fee added to the water bill, the second with a $50 fee, and the third with a $75 fee and a citation. We are asking every one to just turn off their sprinkler systems since watering is not needed during the fall and winter months. If you need help with your sprinkler system, please call us at 972-292-5800.

Christopher Reemts
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Username: Tanker64

Post Number: 23
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 11:30 am:   

How is it determined if a homeowner, business, or government entity has watered more than 2 times in a month? I am assuming the restrictions apply to everyone - with some exceptions made on a case by case basis (like new sod).


Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Post Number: 264
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 03:29 pm:   


Watering two times per month is not part of our restrictions. We are urging every resident to simply turn off their sprinkler system. We have the benefit of a weather station and four automatic rain gauges. We calculate the amount of watering needed each week and provide this information on our web page every Monday morning. Last year, we did not need to water during the fall and winter months. You can view our web page and/or sign up to receive an e-mail with this information at Violations include watering on the wrong day, if system repairs are needed, irrigating during rainfall or below 40 F, watering streets, etc., and for water flowing away from property. Watering new landscape is only permitted for new construction associated with erosion contol. Watering and/or planting cool season grasses, like Rye grass, is prohibited in Stage 3. If you have other questions, please call 972-292-5800.

Susan Newhall
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Username: Slvrldysn

Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 01:08 pm:   

If we go to stage 4, what is considered a "bubbler" that it says we can use two hours a week for our trees? Do we know yet if we are going to stage 4 and when that will be?

Thanks in advance for the info

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 81
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 10:05 am:   

Bubblers typically apply water on a per tree basis. It is part of an irrigation system that provides water at a low pressure from a single discharge point to one individual tree. Our initial information from our water supplier, the North Texas Municipal Water District, is that Stage 4 will not begin prior to June 1, 2012.

Gary R. Hartwell, P.E.
Public Works Department

Ricky Wilkins
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Username: Rickywilkins

Post Number: 11
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012 - 01:42 pm:   

At some point in the future this drought will break, the lakes will be full and everyone will be happy. Has the city considered keeping Stage 2 and Stage 3 restrictions in place. In other words, allow watering 2 days a week during Daylight Saving Time and 1 day a week at all other times, keeping all time restrictions in place. After all, there is no need to water more than twice a week during summer and once a week during winter.

(Message edited by admin on February 03, 2012)

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 90
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2012 - 11:59 am:   

The City of Frisco has a Water Efficiency Plan that was adopted by the city council in April, 2009 as part of the Water Management Plan. The Water Efficiency Plan is in effect year round when we are not in any drought stage. We prohibit watering during rainfall or below 40 F, prohibit watering between 5-8 am and from 10 am-6 pm during Daylight Saving Time, prohibit the watering of hard surfaces like streets and driveways, and we prohibit water flowing away from property that may be caused by the excessive use of sprinkler systems. We also have a mandatory limit of watering only two days per week in July, August, and September. We also encourage no outdoor watering during the fall and winter months, but limit watering to one day per week if necessary. We do not have time of day restrictions during the winter since freezing temperatures most often occur at night. You can go to our website to review the entire plan, but we do have many year round provisions to reduce water usage other than just during drought conditions. Thanks for your interest in our water supplies.

Gary R. Hartwell, P.E.

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