It's getting harder to find a place to put a boat in at some area lakes that provide water to cities.
At Benbrook Lake, which is only 64 percent full, the Benbrook Lake Marina is "on the mud," manager Don Long said. "It's putting us out of business."
The situation isn't any better at Lake Arlington, where the public boat ramp at Bowman Springs Park is closed and the ramp at Richard Simpson Park will soon be.
"We're hoping to keep it open through the weekend to give the people one last opportunity to get on the lake," Arlington Parks spokeswoman Kelly Drawdy said.
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Both lakes provide water to the Tarrant Regional Water District, which supplies 90 percent of the cities in Tarrant County. Some, including Fort Worth and Arlington, buy directly from the district. Fort Worth sells to others, including Hurst, Euless and Bedford. Others, such as Southlake and Colleyville, buy from the Trinity River Authority, which also buys wholesale water from the water district.
Because of the lingering drought and temperatures that have been reaching 100 degrees daily, meeting demands is increasingly difficult for the district.
"We just didn't get any rain this year," Long said.
And there's no immediate relief in sight, according to the National Weather Service.
Tuesday's high was a record 107 degrees -- the average high temperature so far this month. It was the 39th consecutive day of triple-digit temperatures at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and the 50th consecutive day without any significant precipitation.
Six of the first nine days of August registered record high temperatures.
"I don't see anything in the next 10 days," said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The immediate problem is an upper-level ridge of high pressure that has dominated the weather across North Texas for six weeks, Moore said.
While rain is not on the horizon, water restrictions likely are. A decline to 75 percent of combined capacity at Cedar Creek, Richland-Chambers, Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain lakes will trigger restrictions on outdoor water use, water district spokesman Chad Lorance said.
On Tuesday, that capacity was at 78 percent, Lorance said.
"It's typically falling 3 to 4 percent per month," he said. "At this rate it will reach 75 percent around Sept. 1."
Fort Worth Water Department spokeswoman Mary Gugliuzza emphasized that for the city's customers, it's restrictions, not rationing.
"We're not saying you can only use a certain quantity, which would be rationing," she said. "We'll be telling them when they can use it, especially for outdoor watering. That's the big driver in the summer."
Under Stage 1 restrictions, residential customers may water their lawns two days a week, which are determined by the last number in the street address, Gugliuzza said. Nobody waters on Mondays, she said.
Gugliuzza said the city will try to encourage compliance by contacting violators and making them aware of the restrictions.
But penalties can include being locked out of the water system and fines ranging from $250 to $2,000.
Staff writers Bill Hanna and Patrick Walker contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620