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The City of Plano is committed to conserving and protecting our water supply in a cooperative effort with our citizens and other North Texas Municipal Water District member cities through education and enforcement that contributes to the overall quality of life.
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Every Other Week Watering Extended Until Further Notice

Due to low lake levels, the City of Plano has extended once every other week watering until further notice.  Restrictions will continue to be evaluated as reservoir levels and water needs change.  Effective April 1, watering with sprinklers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is prohibited. Sprinkler systems should be set on manual operation to ensure watering occurs only as needed to supplement rainfall.  For guidance on when watering is needed, please visit the Water My Yard website at www.watermyyard.org.  The best practice is simply to not water when rain has just occurred or is expected.

For a printable watering calendar, please click on the image below.

Odd Addresses: Every Other Tuesday
Even Addresses: Every Other Thursday
*As HOA watering involves common areas and City of Plano right of ways with no addresses, the decision has been made that all HOA watering will follow an EVEN address watering schedule.

During Stage 3, variance requests for landscaping will not be granted. Existing variances for new landscaping expired June 30, 2013.

City of Plano & Large Water Consumers 
Plano‚Äôs water conservation plan allows the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department and Plano Independent School District to operate with a variance. The City and School District will exceed the current NTMWD reduction goal by managing all sites and campuses as a whole. Some irrigated areas will be reduced well beyond the current goal to offset watering at high use sites that have safety implications. The scale of operation for over 4,000 acres of parkland and 1,200 irrigated acres of park land, athletic fields, and other public property, requires alternative conservation methods. Large site irrigation systems cannot water all stations in the system within the same water window as a residential lawn, but they can still be programmed to apply less water than when in non-drought conditions. One athletic site has over 500 stations, which cannot all be run in one or two nights. The need to water play surfaces and high use areas must also be balanced with scheduled activities and public use patterns. 

Parks and outdoor sports venues are typically used in the early morning or after school/work hours up to 11 p.m., so watering schedules must be adjusted accordingly. Irrigation in scheduled or high use areas is necessary for the safety of the users. Cracks in the ground or injuries caused by falling on a very hard surface are thereby reduced.

Helpful Resources
Area Water Supply Affected By Three Main Factors
The North Texas Municipal Water District's Critical Water Supply Trifecta outlines the three main factors that have impacted our water supply. Denied access to Lake Texoma over the past five years, long-term drought and regional growth are discussed in detail. To read the NTMWD Trifecta, click here