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North Texas cities cracking down on water restriction violators

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Many North Texas cities are getting tough on homeowners violating water restrictions.

With hot weather officially in North Texas, the region has had very little rain, so drought conditions are expected to get worse.

Richardson is one of 13 cities that belong to the North Texas Municipal Water District. All of them are under a stage 3 water restriction, which means homeowners can only water their lawns twice a month, and not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

So far, city enforcement has issued more than 1,000 warnings to violators, but no fines.

In Frisco, the city caught 455 homes violating those rules, but almost half had the $25 fine waved by agreeing to an "irrigation checkup” to learn how to conserve water.

The City of Plano is a lot stricter on its homeowners. So for this year, 160 homes paid a $150 assessment fee for breaking the rules.

Richardson city leaders say reservoir levels are 10 to 11 feet below conservation levels.

If the drought continues into the hot summer and North Texas doesn’t get any relief from rain, the city could elevate to a stage 4 water restriction for the first time in its history.

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