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Drought leads to extended water restrictions in North Texas

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North Texas' prolonged drought means water restrictions. Some limits put in place back in November are being extended, possibly throughout the summer.

In Fort Worth, water levels are not at a crucial point -– residents there are still on stage one restrictions, watering lawns two times a week.

But thousands of folks north and east of Dallas are not as lucky, and just in time for spring.

Little Elm resident Daniel Martinez needs water for his banana trees, but only getting to water them two times a month won't make growing them easy.

Additionally, washing his car now can only be done with a rag.

"For me, as a young adult who just enjoys vehicles, I can't wash my car as much as I want to," said Martinez.

Little Elm and nearly 50 other communities serviced by the North Texas Municipal Water District will be sticking with the stage three water restrictions.

That means only watering lawns with sprinklers once every two weeks.

While it's something they've been used to, it's still challenging as the weather warms up.

"This is the time of year that residents of course plant, like to do gardening and landscaping around their homes, so no doubt there will be some concern," said Doug Peach, Little Elm assistant town manager.

The restrictions come after a lack of good rainfall and low lake levels.

Lavon Lake, the main water source for the North Texas Municipal Water District, is more than 12 feet below conservation pool level.  So is Jim Chapman Lake.

Lake Tawakoni sits around nine feet below.

"Next year, the drought may be more effective in the southern part of the North Texas area and it may affect those Arlington and Dallas water supplies, so yes, it's our turn now," said Peach.

Homeowner Ray Grimes would like to water his lawn, but for now, he'll get by with crispy dry grass and hope for rain.

"I'd like to have more water available," said Grimes. "I'd like to see those lake levels come up, ‘cause that's getting to be dangerous."

The stage three restrictions will be reviewed on a monthly basis, but if North Texas gets a decent amount of rain, they could change.

If not, it's possible they could go to stage four, which is no watering at all.

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