The North Texas Municipal Water District’s (NTMWD) Board of Directors voted to remain in Stage 2 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan, March 2008, (Plan) until further notice. The City of Rockwall will follow their recommendation and continue in Stage 2 until further notice.
Under the Stage 2 restrictions, sprinklers or irrigation systems may be used no more than two days per week, as needed. Residents are urged to temporarily turn off their sprinkler systems and skip watering if their area receives rainfall within a couple days of a scheduled watering day.
Under the Stage 2 water restrictions, sprinkler or irrigation systems are prohibited from operating between the hours of 10am and 6pm, however residents are allowed to use soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems for up to two hours on any day for foundations and trees. Also included in the Stage 2 provisions, the city must continue to meet or exceed the 10% water use reduction goal required by the North Texas Municipal Water District, our water supplier.
Due to the rainfall we have received and meeting our water use reduction goal, the reservoirs are in good shape for this time of year. However, NTMWD is still unable to pump water from Lake Texoma, 28% of the total NTMWD water supply, due to the infestation of an invasive species, the zebra mussel.
NTMWD does not expect to resume pumping water from Lake Texoma until a pipeline extension from Texoma to the water treatment plant in Wylie is completed in the fall of 2013. Extending the NTMWD’s water supply during Stage 2 through the efficient use of existing water resources is crucial
Please contact the City of Rockwall’s Conservation Department by phone at 972-772-6435 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and conservation tips, please go to www.rockwall.com/green.