As the drought in North Texas continues to worsen, The Colony officials are reminding residents of the water restrictions and are advising that more stringent phases could come.
Right now The Colony is in Phase 2 water restrictions, which allows watering twice a week for sprinklers and irrigation systems. Even addresses on Sundays and Thursdays and odd addresses on Saturday and Wednesday. Watering is not allowed Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays. Residents are “discouraged” to water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Phase 2 began in August 2011.
“There is not a projected end date for Phase 2 at this time. As long as the drought persists there will be restriction,” said Jimmy Arthur, water production supervisor. “The chances are very good this year that the city will move into Phase 3 and even 4. The lake levels are low, and little rain could trigger Phase 3 late summer or fall.”
In Phase 3, watering with sprinklers and irrigation systems are on the same days as Phase 2, but watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, home car washing, hosing down hard surfaces and filling swimming pools is prohibited. In Phase 4, all watering is prohibited.
Citations may be issued during phases 2, 3 and 4, but for now the city is asking residents to voluntarily follow the restrictions. No citations are being issued at this time.
Arthur said the last time The Colony moved into Phase 3 was in the late 1990s, and that was due to mechanical problems with two wells.
The Colony purchases about 60 percent of its water from Dallas Water Utilities, which gets its water the following lakes: Fork, Grapevine, Lewisville, Ray Hubbard, Ray Roberts and Tawakoni. Arthur said the city has a contract with Dallas to purchase six million gallons per day. The city also uses wells to provide water to residents.
“We also have five wells that provide up to eight million additional gallons per day. The wells allow us to keep our purchase water cost down and allow us to meet high demands during the summer,” Arthur said. “Since we are contracted with Dallas we are obligated to follow their restriction. The part of the Austin Ranch area is supplied by Plano and is under Phase 3 restrictions.”
Arthur said on average the city uses about 7.5 million gallons of water per day during the summer months.
City officials said watering restrictions also apply to all city facilities and roadway medians. The only exceptions are Five Star Park, medians along Lebanon Road in The Tribute and medians along Windhaven Parkway, which are all irrigated by alternative water sources separate from the city’s system. In addition, Lewisville ISD maintains watering at public schools.