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.