TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas has received a respectable amount of rain this spring. While the water may have helped everyone’s yards look green and lush, it’s still not enough to recover from the drought.
Homeowner Allen Oney considers his yard a work of art. He describes it as, “A little different take on Bermuda grass or regular yard you mow.”
Oney says he thinks about every inch of his yard – from the garden herbs, to a xeriscaped rock bed. “It requires very little water and low maintenance,” he said of the moisture-efficient landscaping.
Monday was the first day that Fort Worth homeowners, like Oney, were limited to watering their lawn twice a week. The move was taken when the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) hit 75-percent of its storage capacity.
Mark Olson, the water district’s conservation and creative manager, said, “A lot of people get concerned about ‘is my lawn going to survive on a twice a week schedule’ and the answer is yes.”
To help remind homeowners about the restrictions the TRWD has launched a mockumentary silent video and the City of Fort Worth is hanging banners to do the same. City officials said last year there were an estimated 4,000 watering violations.
For homeowners like Oney, who uses rainwater instead of a sprinkler system, the scorching sun will no doubt impact his ‘work of art’. But it’s a price he expects to pay here in North Texas. He said if the color of the law, “…goes to tan, it’s nice. It goes with the mulch.”
Virtually all of the North Texas region is under some sort of water restriction. Even with the recent rains, lake levels are still down. Denise Hickey, with the North Texas Municipal Water District, said one problem is that Lake Lavon is used as a primary source of water. “Lavon is approximately 7 ½ feet down and Lake Jim Chapman, another reservoir that we use, is actually 8 feet down,” she said.
Low lake levels and an infestation of Zebra Mussels have affected water supplies across North Texas.
In Tarrant County, the implemented water restrictions mean residential customers whose addresses end in odd numbers will be allowed to water their lawns, with sprinklers, on Sundays and Thursdays. Addresses ending in even numbers can water on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
All watering is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and no outdoor watering is allowed on Mondays.
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