WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Thanks to the recent rain cities across Collin and Dallas counties have been saved from Stage 4 watering restrictions.

The talk had been that the North Texas Municipal Water District would recommend at Thursday’s board meeting that Stage 4 watering restrictions be enacted in member cities across Collin and Dallas Counties, but now stage 3 restrictions will remain in place until June 1.

Spokesperson Denise Hickey says with the rain raising lake levels, they were able to put off the harshest restrictions for now. “Stage 4 would  have some economic impacts. That’s why we’re asking everyone to pull together, use their water wisely and extend the supplies that we have,” Hickey says.

KRLD’s Matt Thomas Reports:

This week’s rain raised the water level of Lake Lavon 3 1/2 feet, increasing the capacity from 50% to 64%.

Under stage 4 restrictions outdoor watering, car washing or new pools are not allowed. The North Texas Municipal Water District has had the toughest restrictions since the height of the drought because 28% of it’s supply has been cutoff by zebra mussels in Lake Texoma.

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