As we head into the summer, we do so at a deficit, with Lake Lavon already 11.47 feet below its normal levels. The recent rains here in McKinney did little to remedy this, and with July less than two weeks away, it’s probably unreasonable to expect much relief soon. Currently McKinney is under Stage 3 water restrictions. Let’s talk a little about what that means.
The North Texas Municipal Water District has suggested that municipalities adopt their Stage 3 water conservation measures, which call for watering lawns with automatic irrigation only once every two weeks. McKinney’s own Stage 3 was determined by a resolution of the City Council and allows for once weekly watering on your trash day, as long as it is not between 10 am and 6 pm. However, rumors are that McKinney may be moving to the once every two week plan in the near future.
Violations of the ordinance will cost first-time offenders $50, and it scales up to $150 for repeated offenses. Besides the threat of a fine, conserving water is simply the right thing to do. We all rely on the same water source, and it’s low. I’m going to cast my vote for drinking water over a green lawn right now.
How Much to Water During Water Restrictions?
The good news is you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your yard. The Water My Yard program is a joint effort of the North Texas Municipal Water District and Texas A&M Agrilife.
If you go to the site you can enter in your sprinkler type and it will give you the correct timing for watering your yard based on the current weather and municipality restrictions. Be sure you enter the right system, because it gave me 20 minutes for one brand and 34 minutes for another. There’s a big difference in flow rate between manufacturers. If you sign up for their emails, you’ll receive weekly emails with an updated watering schedule based on changing weather and restrictions.
Other Ways to Keep Your Yard Lovely During Water Restricitons
If you want to go the extra mile, maybe it’s time to start converting some of your landscape to a more drought resistant arrangement. It is kind of a beating and waste of resources keeping that grass alive summer after summer.
Finally, don’t forget to take greater advantage of the rain we’ve been having by setting up rain barrels for collections. You can go ahead and sign up now for the rain barrel classes offered by the city of McKinney.
What’s your favorite trip for keeping the landscape lovely during our dry summers?