Drought Contingency Plans

Drought Contingency Plans

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Drought and Emergency Response Stages

Stage 1 – Water Wise

Requirements for Initiation

The following are key conditions, any one of which may trigger this stage:

  • UTRWD has announced Stage 1 – Water Wise; or
  • Water demand has reached or exceeded 85% of delivery capacity for four consecutive days; or
  • Water demand is approaching a level that will cause a reduced delivery capacity for all or part of the distribution system, as determined by Denton County Fresh Water Supply District 6; or
  • The water supply system has a significant limitation due to failure of or damage to important water system components.

With voluntary action by Denton County Fresh Water Supply District 6 and its customers, reduce the stress on triggering conditions and achieve a 1% reduction in total water use, as measured in gallons per capita per day (GPCD); and, increase public awareness about the need to conserve and save water.

Voluntary Water Use Restrictions for Reducing Demand

Under this stage, customers shall be requested to voluntarily conserve water and to comply with restrictions on certain non-essential water use as provided below. Specific measures to be implemented during the stage will be determined by the General Manager or official designee. The General Manager or official designee may also take other actions not listed, if deemed necessary.

  • Encourage reduction in frequency of all landscape irrigation. The Fresh Water District recommends watering no more than twice per week and not between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Reduce the frequency of washing or rinsing of vehicles; and, recommend use of bucket/container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off valve or commercial car wash.
  • Request customers to reduce the frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools.
  • Ask customers to avoid waste during recreational use (water used for leisure and entertainment purposes) from faucets and hoses, or hydrants.
  • Increase public information about regular guidelines for time-of-day landscape irrigation.
  • Seek reduction of water use through voluntary day-of-week watering schedule. For example, irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems may be limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 ) and for locations without addresses, and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9). Apartments, office building complexes or other property containing multiple addresses may be identified by the lowest address number.
  • Irrigation of landscaped areas and building foundations is permitted at any time if it is by means of a hand-held hose, a bucket, or by drip irrigation or soaker hose systems.
  • Supplement public education efforts about water conservation, by teaching and encouraging reduced water use practices.
  • Set a good example by being alert to non-essential government water use. (Examples include vehicle washing, operation of ornamental fountains, landscape uses for parks or medians, etc.)

Stage 1 may terminate when UTRWD terminates its Stage 1 condition or when the circumstances that caused the initiation of Stage 1 – Water Wise no longer prevail.

Further information and restrictions can be found here: