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SOUTHLAKE (CBS 11 NEWS) - The City of Southlake has implemented Stage One watering restrictions. The restrictions went into effect Monday and require homeowners and businesses to water only twice a week.

If conservation doesn’t start, then it can be a problem for the city’s firefighters. “We want to make sure they have necessary tools to be able to do their jobs — protect lives and property of the citizens,” says Director of Public Works Bob Price.

Over the last three days, the city’s water tanks have gone below where they need to be. Price says fighting a large fire can take between 500 to 2,000 gallons of water per minute. If the water tank levels fall below 18-feet, fighting fires in Southlake can become a problem. “It would translate to lose of property and, God forbid, hopefully not the loss of life,” says Price.

Southlake gets its water from Fort Worth. Homeowners like Cathy Vollmer are doing what they can to save water. “We split our water half in the morning and half in the evening on our designated days,” says Vollmer who stuck with the watering restrictions from last year even when they were lifted.

The thought of firefighters not having enough water concerns her. “I wouldn’t want to lose my home because we didn’t have enough water,” she said

Here is the watering schedule for Southlake:

  • Wednesday & Saturday
    Residential addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8)
  • Thursday & Sunday
    Residential addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9)
  • Tuesday & Friday
    Non-residential addresses including businesses, HOAs, parks, medians, etc.
  • Monday
    No lawn or landscape watering

Violators will receive two warnings before a citation is issued. Citations can carry fines of up to $2,000.

Click here for more information from the City of Southlake.

Other North Texas cities under water restrictions:

  • Allen – Stage Two
  • Arlington – Stage One
  • Carrolton – Stage Two
  • Cedar Hill – Stage Two
  • Corninth – Stage Two
  • Dallas – Stage One
  • Denton – Stage One
  • Frisco – Stage Two
  • Fort Worth – Stage One
  • Garland – Stage Two
  • Irving – Stage One
  • Justin – Stage Two
  • Lewisville – Stage One
  • McKinney – Stage Two
  • Mesquite – Stage Two
  • Plano – Stage Two
  • Wylie – Stage Two

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