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DALLAS (1080 KRLD News) – Now that some areas in the region saw more than four inches of rain during Monday’s storms, will the North Texas Municipal Water District lift its water restrictions?

Nope.

The district says the restrictions are here to stay. Residents of all cities that buy water from the district are currently under Stage 3 water restrictions, meaning folks can water their lawns twice a month.

According to the district’s website, Allen; Farmersville; Forney; Frisco; Garland; McKinney; Mesquite; Plano; Princeton; Richardson; Rockwall; Royse City; and Wylie are all member cities.

So even though Lake Levon has risen by seven feet in the last three months, water supply remains low because Lake Texoma –– which accounts for 28 percent of the district’s water supply –– can’t be pumped due to zebra mussels.

Those invasive pests can block pipelines and muck up treatment plants if not handled correctly.

And so until officials can extend a pipeline to a treatment facility, these restrictions will remain intact. If more rain comes, the best residents can hope for is a lawn-soaking once a week instead of twice a month.

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