sprinklers 53298936 Dallas Asking Customers To Increase Water Conservation

Sprinklers water the lawns at a housing development. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There are no mandatory water restrictions for residents in the City of Dallas… yet. On Friday the city asked both commercials and residential customers to “step up” their efforts to conserve.

City officials are hoping that by asking for voluntary compliance from customers they won’t have to impose mandatory restrictions.

“Currently, the system is operating as designed, and with the help of our customers’ increased water conservation efforts, we may be able to delay further actions,” Dallas Water Utilities Director Jody Puckett said in a press release.

As it stands, Dallas residents are prohibited from watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The latest request asks that customers with addresses ending in even numbers only water on Sunday and Thursday and customers with addresses ending in odd numbers water only on Saturday and Wednesday.

In addition to landscape watering, the city is working with hotels and restaurants to improve conservation efforts. Hotel guests are being encouraged to reuse towels and linens and restaurants are being encouraged to post signs that water is served “only on request”.

The ongoing drought and triple-digit temperatures have had a significant impact on the Dallas Water Utilities supply. Right now, the city’s six reservoirs are 18-percent depleted.

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