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John O'Carroll
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Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 10:22 pm:   

What is the trigger to put Frisco on Stage 4 and how close are we? I read several articles about the Plano's stages being defined by the level of Lake Lavon falling below 475ft alt., but no mention of Frisco.
Thanks
John

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Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 - 10:53 am:   

John:

There are several triggers related to Stage 4. The final decision will come from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). Their decision will be based on several factors that include lake levels and the drought forecasts. The City of Frisco would implement Stage 4 upon the recommendation of the NTMWD. They will provide a 30 day notice. We all want to avoid Stage 4 if possible, If you have any additional concerns, please contact my office at 972-292-5800.
 

John O'Carroll
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Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 - 09:43 am:   

What/when will residents be able to water under stage 4? I am particularly interested in soaker houses for foundations and tree gators for trees/shrubs.
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 - 01:10 pm:   

John:

Stage 4 includes no outdoor watering except for hand-held hoses for trees and shrubs up to two hours per week and soaker hoses/hand-held hoses for foundations as necessary. Since it only takes a few minutes to fill a tree gator, they can be used everyday.
 

Ron Brown
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Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 10:54 am:   

How can we expect to get notification of water restrictions in the future? In some cities I've noticed that high priority information has been communicated via a recorded message to resident phones. Is this something that has been considered by the City of Frisco?
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 09:41 am:   

Ron:

This process is called "Reverse 911" and we have used this technique in the past. Normally, we use our website, our local government TV channel, water bill inserts, neighborhood signs, and the HOA's. If Stage 4 is required, we will provide a 30 day notice. Thanks for your inquiry.
 

T Silva
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Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 10:00 am:   

What would happen to houses that got new lawns and are middle of the 30 day grace period?

Have a new home underway with a lawn expected in the next 2-3 weeks. If the stage 4 kicks in while houses are within the period, do they have to stop or can they continue till the 30 period is over?

Is there a contingency to have water piped into the lakes or another other resoviors within the next few months to alleviate the shortage?

Thank you,
TS
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 10:51 am:   

T Silva:

If we get the 30 day notice for Stage 4, then new landscaping after that date could be at risk. New supply into Lake Lavon is under construction and should be completed by eary 2008. This drought could not be predicted. Thanks for your comments.
 

Brian Ray
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Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 11:57 am:   

After traveling on Legacy last week, I noticed the sprinklers on the medians were watering more street than grass; the breeze was blowing, and the sprinklers themselves were putting off a fine mist which seemed to be airborne.

Is there any way to govern or respond to each individual incident such as this?
 

Perry Harts, Information Services Mgr
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Post Number: 9
Registered: 06-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 02:00 pm:   

Brian,

I am assuming you are referring to the medians south of the main entrance to Stonebriar. Several of those medians have spray heads as opposed to rotors. With our prevailing south winds the spray heads often have some overspray. Our irrigation is on a computer system which has rain and freeze sensors, but not wind sensors. I will have one of our irrigators check those medians this week to make sure there is not some other problem.

I have three licensed irrigators on staff that are responsible for over 1500 irrigation valves (zones) and more than 20,000 sprinkler heads. Sprinkler heads do sometimes get out of proper adjustment. Obviously we canít check every system on a daily basis and we appreciate residents notifying us if they see a problem.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss further, or if you ever have other median/park related questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Bob Johnson
Superintendent of Parks

972-335-5517
bjohnson@friscotexas.gov
 

Joe Payne
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Posted on Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 08:18 pm:   

What is the rule concerning the watering of school property? Do they get special privelages? The sprinklers at Roach Middle school are going three-four times a week on the practice field behind the school.
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Monday, October 09, 2006 - 03:58 pm:   

Joe:
The FISD is irrigating all of their campuses based on a city-approved irrigation plan. That plan requires a 20% reduction in total outdoor usage. They can move usage from low-need areas to other areas such as playing fields to maintain student/athlete safety. Thanks for your concern.
 

Derrick White
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Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 02:22 pm:   

What constitutes a low need area?

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Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 08:47 am:   

Derrick:

A low need area would include any sprinkler zone that applies water to turf areas with limited use or areas that are not related to public school safety.
 

cg
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Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 10:59 am:   

When people go out on patrols are they actually looking for signs of watering or just sprinklers going nuts? Rarely can I drive home and not see a river flowing down the alley between King's Ridge and Tournament. The other day it was at least two feet wide and flowing at least an inch deep. I'm pretty sure if someone was really out there looking for watering violations they might be able to follow it to see where it was coming from.
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Friday, October 20, 2006 - 10:45 am:   

Cmg:

We patrol the city seven days a week, 24 hours a day looking for violations. We must clearly identify a violation before we begin enforcement action. The example you describe is excessive run-off and can be enforced. You may contact us immediately at 972-292-5800. We will dispatch one of our patrols to that location. Thanks again.
 

T Silva
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Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 04:32 pm:   

I am within the 30 day guidelines to water my new lawn which is ending in 3 days. However, a large area of the grass in the front died and was replaced last week.

Would the front of the home be eligible for an extension to allow for the watering with sprinklers - if so how can I get this permission so I won't be fined nor have the sprinklers shut off?

Thanks,
TSilva
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Posted on Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - 02:44 pm:   

T Silva:

Due to the extreme low lake levels and the dormant nature of grass in the winter months, we ask that you use your hand-held hose for any new landscape watering this winter. Thanks.
 

Brian C
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Posted on Friday, November 03, 2006 - 02:51 pm:   

Why did the city not stop overseeding in commercial and residential areas as was being discussed?
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Post Number: 183
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Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 11:10 am:   

Brian:

We did not prohibit over-seeding. We simply did not provide any landscape watering exemptions.

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