Residents and businesses north of Marsha Sharp Freeway and outside Loop 289 may water their lawns once each week beginning today as City officials continue to phase in a return to normal water service in the aftermath of city-wide outdoor water restrictions.
During the phase in process, customers in one section of the city at a time are allowed to start watering by automatic or manual sprinkler systems one time each week. All other areas of the city remain under the previous restrictions as water service is phased in throughout the city.
Friday's announcement reflects the easing of water restrictions in approximately one-half of the city. Restrictions in other areas of the city are expected to be lifted next week.
The water restrictions were implemented earlier this month as a result of a major water line relocation project associated with construction of Marsha Sharp Freeway. Officials reported today that two vital pipeline connections have been completed and filled with water. Water quality tests are underway and the lines are expected to be operational by Saturday.
"These connections are essential to the complete return of normal water service," said Aubrey Spear, assistant director of water utilities. "Within the next 15 days, we hope to return to stage one of the Water Conservation and Drought Plan which allows for watering lawns two times a week."
Spear also reported that the City is flushing water through fire hydrants along Broadway Avenue in preparation for the annual Fourth of Broadway celebration.
"This is a normal procedure to ensure the quality of water, and residents should not be alarmed," said Spear.
Businesses and individuals who are experiencing a hardship due to the water restrictions may request a variance at the Water Utilities offices, 402 Municipal Drive. For the planting of new grass and other plant materials hand watering is preferred. However, variances may be issued to allow the use of sprinkler system for up to two weeks.
For a complete list of water restrictions and a map showing the first sections of the city to start watering (click here).
Citizens with questions about the water restrictions may call 775-2595.
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