The mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving are considering making watering restrictions permanent as part of a conservation plan.
The North Texas Municipal Water District has voted to relax restrictions on residents in 13 area cities.
Cleburne residents can now use as much water as they please.
The drought is over for the Metroplex, and North Texas has seen some recent rains. So, why is Dallas still under water restrictions until June?
North Texas and most of the state is still recovering from months of devastating drought. But, officially drought conditions are now over — at least in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
North Texas has seen the second wettest January on record. But it’s still not enough for Dallas to end water restrictions.
Irving officials say water consumption went down after restrictions went into affect in August. However, it now appears it won’t be enough and stronger measures are needed to save the city’s dwindling supply.
With parts of North Texas in Stage-3 water restrictions it might seem counter-intuitive for local water utilities to intentionally flush water “down the drain”… but that’s exactly what some are doing.
For the next six months, all 13 cities within the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) are now under Stage 3 water restrictions. But not all the cities are complying with the recommendations.
There is no sign of the Texas drought ending. And North Texas water officials plan to consider tightening local water restrictions even further.
Residents living in Azle are still boiling their drinking water after a water main break over the weekend. The break, that happened Saturday morning, dropped water pressure significantly.
Texas is dealing with a drought, and while residents are asked to conserve water, Chesapeake Energy is using millions of gallons for fracking.