The conservation call comes after the North Texas Municipal Water District requested that residents throughout the region “immediately” reduce outdoor water use.
PLANO, Texas – The City of Plano has sent out a notice to all residents asking them to conserve water use until at least Wednesday, July 20th.
The notice follows a similar call for protection issued Saturday by the city’s water provider, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). In that request, NTMWD asked all municipalities receiving the provider’s treated water to “immediately” reduce water use and “especially open water use” due to maintenance aimed at relieving stress on some water treatment plants.
Residents can continue to water their foundations, shrubs and trees, but are asked to refrain from watering their grass until the NTMWD system returns to full capacity, Plano said in a statement.
According to the NTMWD water system map, NTMWD supplies water to most of Collin County, Rockwall County and Kaufman County, parts of northern Dallas County, a significant portion of Hunt County and parts of Denton, Grayson, Rains, Hopkins and Van Zandt counties. .
According to the NTMWD website, the organization provides water to two million people in 80 communities in those 10 states.
This week’s conservation efforts resulted in one of the four water treatment plants at the Wylie Water Treatment Plant Complex unexpectedly shutting down water production to perform “critical maintenance,” NTMWD said. [that would be] the plant is required to be restored to full water treatment capacity.”
According to the NTMWD, this maintenance involved six sedimentation basins used to move water particles during the treatment process. Combined, these basins produce 210 million gallons of water per day, NTMWD said. According to the NTMWD, sediment accumulation accelerated during peak water demand, affecting the plant’s ability to efficiently process water at full capacity.
The NTMWD statement added that its “call for precautionary measures” was the result of a quantity problem, not a quality one — meaning, in NTMWD’s own words, “the water is safe to drink and use.”
The NTMD later said water treatment capacity “remains adequate for essential services, including domestic use and public safety,” but noted that the region’s ongoing drought conditions and increased water use have “stressed” its systems to the point where they require urgent repairs.
The forecast for upcoming heat conditions in the region this week, the NTMWD statement continued, will only add stress to its system without repairs.
“We’re seeing a strain on our system due to peak weather with peak demands,” NTMWD Communications Director Wayne Larson told WFAA. “We are enduring a long, hot and dry summer. The forecast doesn’t look like it will change. We are trying to manage and meet the increased peak demands from our customers.”
Last week, the city of Dallas, which owns its own water utility and is not part of NTMWD’s operations, issued its own statement asking residents to conserve water due to high temperatures and increased drought conditions in the region.
Plano is asking residents to conserve water until July 20
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