Stage 1 Drought Restrictions Take Effect June 3

Posted by April Reiling on May 23, 2013
Tags: Community, Town News, Water | Comments (5)

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 (TC MUD 1) is implementing Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday, June 3 due to low water supply levels. Below average precipitation and higher than normal temperatures since 2011 have resulted in a multi-year drought. Since officials expect to reach the 75% level of available water supply by early June, City of Fort Worth, the TC MUD 1 water supplier, has initiated Stage 1 of the Drought Plan.

The primary goal for Stage 1 restrictions is to significantly reduce outdoor watering, which can generally account for around 50% of the daily residential water used during the summer.  In Trophy Club, the amount of water used by residents for outdoor irrigation during the summer has risen over the years and is closer to 70% of daily residential use.

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit non-essential water uses like hosing paved areas and buildings, with certain exceptions. Allowing water runoff or other waste, including failure to fix a leak or broken sprinkler head, is also prohibited.  Vehicle washing is limited to the use of a hand-held bucket or hose equipped with a positive pressure shutoff nozzle, or at a commercial car wash.

During Stage 1 customers may water with sprinklers or irrigation systems twice per week. 

  • Residential addresses ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 or 0) may water on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Those ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water on Thursday and Sunday. 
  • All non-residential locations (commercial, apartments, parks, etc.) may water on Tuesday and Friday. 
  • No watering is permitted on Monday.  

The time of day restriction, which prohibits outdoor watering with sprinklers between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., continues to be in effect.

Customers may water foundations and newly installed shrubs and trees for up to two hours on any day using a handheld hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system.  Establishing new turf is discouraged, but if hydro mulch, grass sod, or grass seed is installed to establish a new lawn, there are no restrictions for the first 30 days.

All customers are encouraged to use native and drought tolerant plants in landscaping, and to reduce the frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools.

The complete Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan is available on the TC MUD 1 website at www.tcmud.org.  Contact us at info@tcmud.org or (682) 831-4600 for more information.

Comments (5)

  1. Barbara VanHaagen:
    Jun 08, 2013 at 09:28 AM

    To whom it concerns,

    I had looked up online to see when my watering days are and thought my watering days were to even number days Wednesday and Saturday, then I took a look at the flier that MUD 1 sent out and it says my watering days are Even number Wednesday's,Friday's and Saturday's. So you have a conflict in what days we can and cannot water.

    Sincerely, Barbara VanHaagen

  2. April:
    Jun 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    @ Barbara,

    The year-round water management and conservation requirements are three days per week, but the regular requirements were overridden when we entered Stage 1 restrictions on June 3, which requires two-days-per week watering. The guidelines in the article above are correct as long as we remain in Stage 1.

    I apologize for the confusion and here is a link to the TC MUD 1 Drought Contingency Plan: http://www.tcmud.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/ADOPTED-Drought-Contingency-Plan-041613.pdf

    Thank you!

  3. Barbara:
    Jun 10, 2013 at 01:38 PM

    Thank you for the reply. However some people may not know this due to the flyer sent out a few weeks ago that is confecting with your online restrictions.

    Regards, Barbara

  4. Cindy:
    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Are there consequences for utilizing your sprinkler system on non-watering days?

  5. Town of Trophy Club (April - PIO):
    Jun 25, 2013 at 01:35 PM

    @ Cindy

    Yes - typically, first time offenders receive a warning, then the second time a citation might be issued.

    The following information is on the TC MUD 1 Water Conservation, Drought and Restrictions' webpage (http://www.tcmud.org/customer-service/water-restrictions/):

    Violations of this plan are enforceable in accordance with Section XI of the Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan. These procedures include:

    - Written warning for a first violation.
    - $50 administrative penalty for second and subsequent violations.
    - Disconnection of service for a third violation with a $200 reconnection charge in addition to $50 administrative penalty.


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