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Lewisville Council to Pass Mandatory Water Restrictions Monday Night

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2013/6/15 18:40:00 (3527 reads)

Open in new windowWith the drought continuing, and area lakes below where they need to be, the Lewisville City Council will vote Monday night on whether to implement mandatory water conservation measures for the city. If approved by the Council, the city would go into Stage 2 water conservation, which calls for mandatory limits on outdoor watering to only twice per week on trash collection days - 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., with no watering on Sundays.

If the restrictions are approved, the would be in effect from July 1st - August 31st. Enforcement will be performed by city staff from public services, community development, police, fire, and parks department. A first violation would warrant a door tag or letter; and a second violation would result in a warning citation. A third violation would hit the violator with a citation that could cost up to a $500 fine.

The City of Lewisville has no water rights of its own, instead purchasing both treated and untreated water from Dallas Water Utilities, which owns the rights to Lewisville Lake and other local reservoirs. The measures are being considered at the request of Dallas Water Utilities, which is asking all customers to implement mandatory restrictions. The City of Lewisville is limited in the amount of water it can take from DWU each day, and exceeding that amount can have permanent fiscal impacts on ratepayers. The limit for Lewisville is 29 MGD (million gallons per day).

In 2011, Lewisville reached and temporarily exceeded its supply capacity to provide water, hitting a peak in August of 29.9 MGD, which was met partially by drawing down elevated storage. Lewisville's pumping system has a daily capacity of 39 MGD, which is what it could pump with current equipment if supply was increased.

Lewisville has been under voluntary Stage 1 measures since October 2006, and city staff say this would be the first time under the current plan that the city would go to Stage 2. In February of 2012, the city expected to have to go to Stage 2 in the Spring, but storms in late February and early March of last year filled area lakes to the point where it was not necessary.

Other local cities in North Texas belonging to the North Texas Municipal Water District have been under Stage 3 mandatory restrictions since June 1st, limiting to once-a-week outdoor watering. Upper Trinity Regional Water District is under Stage 1 restrictions limiting customers to twice-weekly outdoor watering between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

The Council will discuss the measures in a workshop session Monday night at 5:30, and will vote on the measures in open session at 7:00 p.m. Contractual requirements with DWU require that the council approve the measures, so they are included in the consent agenda.

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