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Stage 4 Restrictions Delayed by Water District

Drought conditions in North Texas have resulted in Stage 3 watering restrictions, but local landscaping companies are breathing a sigh of relief as a decision to implement Stage 4 restrictions – the prohibition of outdoor watering – has been delayed until June.
Photo: Daniel Olson/manestreamnews

North Texas landscaping businesses received good news Feb. 2 as an area water district delayed the implementation of stage 4 water restrictions.

Stage 4 water restrictions could have been devastating to landscaping businesses as this level of restriction would have prohibited outdoor watering, the installation of new landscaping, the washing of cars and the issuance of permits for new swimming pools.

After hearing from business officials and residents, the district decided to continue Stage 3 restrictions, along with its strategy to limit outdoor watering to once every two weeks, through June 1.

According to a report in the Star Local News, local landscapers and pool builders feared an industry-wide shutdown when it was reported that the district would be considering a Stage 4 vote at the meeting. But the tone changed when word began to spread that district staff members would recommend holding off on the increased restrictions.

Eight speakers from industry trade groups, including pool builders, landscapers and retailers, addressed the board, with many offering their support in educating the public and asking to be a part of the conservation process in the future.

The vote to delay the restrictions comes just days after an unexpected two-day storm dumped nearly five inches of rain on Collin County, bringing the water level of Lake Lavon, the primary NTMWD water source, up five feet. Lake Jim Chapman, another water source for the district, rose 2.6 feet following the rain, though the district only has access to 45 percent of that lake's available water.

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December 14, 2019, 7:41 am PDT

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