The City of Weatherford Water Utilities Department is lifting stage 1 water restrictions under the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, effective immediately.
The purpose of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan is to establish guidelines to reduce water use throughout the City all year-round. Due to recent drought conditions, city officials have limited watering to twice a week under stage 1 guidelines since April 2013. The change in stage levels now allows customers to water, except during the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The decision to lift the stage 1 restrictions comes in response to increased water levels at Lake Weatherford from recent rainfall in North Texas. Citizens are still encouraged to continue water conservation in an effort to extend water resources.
“We have received over 9 inches of rain during the last 30 days,” said Interim Director of Water/Wastewater and Engineering Rick Shaffer. “So far, we have received about 18 inches of rain this year, which is several inches above normal at this point in the year.
For comparison, we received less than 21 inches of rain for the entire year in 2014. It is important for citizens to continually practice good water conservation habits, even with water restrictions being lifted. Lawns only need an inch or less of water, each week during hot summer months, and less than that during cooler months of the year.”
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Lake Weatherford has risen 7.5 feet during the past month and reached the conservation pool elevation as of May 14. For more questions, please contact the Water Utilities Department at 817-598-4275 or visit weatherfordtx.gov/waterconservation for detailed information.