RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – Lake levels are low, and water management officials are starting to take action. New water restrictions will go into effect on Saturday in 14 communities, which means that it is time to re-familiarize yourself with the timer on your home sprinkler system.

Even with the recent rain across the Metroplex, lake levels are low all over the area. The North Texas Municipal Water District said that a drier than normal winter and spring have left two key reservoirs below their normal levels. So, the water district is beginning with Stage 3 water restrictions.

The goal of the restarted restrictions is to reduce area water use by 10 percent. “The drought is continuing,” said Denise Hickey with the North Texas Municipal Water District. “We have below average rainfall, so there’s been no replenishment of our water supply from rain runoff.”

The restrictions apply to both homeowners and businesses. Notices have been going out in the areas where restrictions are starting. Each city has its own schedule, giving residents and property owners one day during the week where sprinkler systems can be used.

Not all North Texas cities are included in these Stage 3 restrictions. For example, they do not pertain to Dallas. Many cities are beginning a different set of restrictions. Visit your city’s website for full details on which water restrictions you should follow.

The following cities are included in these Stage 3 water restrictions:

  • Richardson
  • Mesquite
  • Garland
  • Forney
  • Rockwall
  • Royse City
  • Murphy
  • Plano
  • Allen
  • Frisco
  • Little Elm
  • Farmersville
  • McKinney
  • Princeton

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