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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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Winter Water Restrictions Are in Effect Nov. 1 through March 31
The City of Plano initiates Stage 3 “Seasonal” water restrictions November 1. Landscaping goes dormant in the fall. As a result, we’re urging our customers to turn off their automatic sprinkler systems and only water as needed. All residents and businesses in Plano will return to every-other-week sprinkler use with watering allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Daytime sprinkler use improves everyone's safety by reducing the risk of nighttime freezing to avoid preventable icy sidewalks and roadways. Residents can get guidance on when watering is needed with the Water My Yard website or by simply not watering when rain has just occurred or is expected. The winter schedule will continue through March 2015.

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 watering of their common areas and in many cases the City of Plano right of way (which has no address), it was decided that all HOA watering would follow an EVEN address watering schedule.

Winter Watering Calendar
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’s 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