Effective November 1, the City of Frisco will move to Stage 3 drought restrictions as outlined in its Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan at the direction of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD).

The NTMWD reports Lavon Lake could be dry by fall 2012, under worst case conditions. 

During the October 17 Town Hall meeting, North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) representative Mike Rickman cautioned residents to use water wisely. Gary Hartwell, Frisco’s Director of Public Works, reiterated the importance of shutting off sprinklers.     

“Just turn your automatic sprinkler systems off,” said Hartwell. “That’s probably the best thing you can do for your landscapes this time of year.  There’s really no reason to water during fall and winter. We need to take this opportunity to save water and do what we can to help protect our existing water supplies,” said Hartwell. 

Lawns and landscapes need little to no outdoor watering. Warm season grasses, such as Bermuda or St. Augustine, go dormant during fall and winter months. ‘Dormant’ means grasses naturally turn brown during cooler months. 

On October 4, council members voted unanimously to approve staff’s recommendation to move to Stage 3 water restrictions while urging residents to shut off their irrigation systems during fall and winter months.

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