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Water conservation measures likely to be required soon in Heath

HEATH -Water conservation measures for City of Heath residents are expected to be required by the Heath City Council at their Aug. 16 meeting.

Heath water customers will be required to take the following actions, beginning Aug. 19, to help conserve the shrinking water supply:

  • Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to no more than two days per week.
  • Do not water landscape and lawns between 10 am and 7 pm.
  • Do not plant new landscaping until the current drought has passed.
  • Avoid all other activities that can waste water such as washing vehicles or using water hoses to clean driveways, patios and sidewalks.
  • These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice or more stringent measures become necessary.

The implementation of Stage 2 conservation methods comes at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District via the City of Rockwall, the city’s water supplier.

The District initiated Stage 2 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan as a result of the temporary loss of 22.5 percent of the Lake Texoma raw water supply due to invasive zebra mussels, the continued drought conditions with NTMWD’s Lake Chapman water supply capacity at 47 percent and high water usage.

“Not only are we facing one of the driest summers in recent years, but with the zebra mussels cutting off our Texoma supply, the need for Stage 2 restrictions is immediate,” said Jim Parks, executive director of NTMWD.  “We’ve already exceeded last year’s peak, which was not reached until late August of 2010.”

By J.J. Smith

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