The North Texas Municipal Water District announced Stage 3 water restrictions starting November 1, with the goal of reducing water usage by 10%. Stage 3 allows for customers to water their lawns only twice a month. The drought over Texas continues and is forecast to continue through the winter, given the global weather & oceanic patterns.
Reservoir levels in three major water districts in North Texas continue to paint a dire picture. The critical tipping point that trigger water restrictions have been met in the Tarrant Regional Water District as well. Check out the current levels in the various districts as of November 1.
Even though we did see some beneficial rainfall during the month of October, it hasn’t been enough and we haven’t had frequent enough rain events for the drought to end. Areas west of I35W experienced the most rainfall and ended the month with a surplus for the first time in many months. At DFW Airport, the amount of October rainfall still fell short of the average. We are now over 10″ of rain below normal for the year. Here’s the update as of October 31st:
The drought update this week was also grim. All of Texas is still in drought as we enter into the winter wildfire season. Even though the rain we’ve had has greened up a lot of North Texas, the growing season is coming to a close in the next few weeks. Grass will go dormant and become a more loaded fuel for any fires that are sparked. The strong wind that accompany winter cold fronts will not help. We simply cannot let our guard down.