Monday, April 23, 2012
New twice-a-week watering mandate in Dallas begins Monday
The temporary restriction is now permanent to try to save water.
The two-times-a-week mandate was already in place, but the new city ordinance makes the change permanent. Residents can still use soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems or water by hand more than twice a week.
City ordinance also prohibits watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 and October 31. Under the new rule, homeowners with addresses ending in an even number can water on Sundays and Thursdays; those with addresses ending in an odd number can water on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The fine is $250 to $2,000.
According to a city of Dallas memo, the current water supplies were believed to last residents through 2035, and the twice-a-week ordinance will increase that supply to 2045.
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