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Frisco cracks down on residential water use

Frisco cracks down on residential water use

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FRISCO, Texas - The City of Frisco is cracking down on residential water use by tightening restrictions already in place.  City council members voted on the change in a rare Saturday meeting. 

The city’s primary source of water comes from Lake Lavon.  Between drought and water consumption, the lake is almost 12 feet below normal.  That’s five feet lower than this time last year.  Despite Frisco being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the city cut its water consumption by 20% last year and wants to keep that going. 

Melanie Young is not the only Frisco resident disappointed with the revised stage 3 water restrictions.  "We just got new landscaping, so that's kind of sad."  "Twice a month?  I don't like it!  I disagree,” said Frisco resident Dustin Hunter.  “I mean I understand we need more rain and they are rationing the water, but at the same time, goodness, all the grass is going to be dead." 

While not everyone in Frisco likes the idea of restricting their lawn sprinkler systems twice a month, if you drive through Frisco neighborhoods, you might find it difficult to believe residents have been restricted to once a week watering restrictions for the past year.

Kristi Eft of Frisco says its better than not watering at all.  “To read that the kids can still do the slip and slide and thinking about using the soaker hoses and things like that I think it's going to be okay." 

And you can water your lawn or garden by hand, something Mayor Maher Maso said the city has made even more flexible, allowing residents to water any day for up to two hours except between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM. 

The new restrictions start June 29.  If you are found in violation, the city will shut off your sprinkler system and fine you $25 for the first offense.  But, if you allow the city to audit your system, you’ll get your money back.

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