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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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Stage 3 Restrictions: Weekly Watering Allowed Through October
In coordination with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the City of Plano's Stage 3 restrictions will allow once-a-week landscape watering with sprinklers from September 1 through October 31, 2014 to maintain water quality. Watering with sprinklers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is prohibited. Water hydrant flushing may continue to be necessary in certain areas of the city. The City of Plano joins other NTMWD member cities and customers in encouraging all residential and business customers to practice smart outdoor watering by adhering to current water restrictions. While water quality remains the top priority, water conservation and the wise use of water is still critical to maintain our current available supplies until the drought eases. 

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

Odd Addresses: Every Tuesday
Even Addresses: Every 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.

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

Water restrictions are expected to continue through 2014 due to low lake levels and below average rainfall. The Texoma supply has not been accessible since 2009 due to the infestation of invasive zebra mussels. The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is accelerating a pipeline extension that will transport the Lake Texoma supply directly from the Texoma reservoir to the Wylie water treatment plant thereby protecting the environment. 

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