By BRAD KELLAR
The ongoing drought has resulted in the City of Greenville joining municipalities across North Texas in implementing mandatory water restrictions on local residents and businesses.
Interim City Manager Massoud Ebrahim put Stage 2 water shortage conditions in place as of Tuesday morning. Stage 2 calls for a 10 percent reduction in total water use and/or daily water demand.
No significant rainfall has been officially recorded in Greenville since June 16. The level on Lake Tawakoni, from which the City of Greenville pumps water to help maintain the levels on the municipal reservoir system, was listed at 431.21 feet Tuesday afternoon, down more than six feet from the lake’s pool elevation of 437.5 feet.
Under Stage 2 water conservation, landscape irrigation is limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number and Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with a street address ending in an odd number.
Landscape irrigation is permitted at anytime with a hand-held hose, a faucet filled bucket or watering can of five gallons or less, or a drip irrigation system.
Washing any motor vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering days.
Greenville has not been under Stage 2 since February 2012, and had been under Stage 3 restrictions during late 2011.
Many area cities, including some in Hunt County, are under even more stringent water conservation measures.
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) provides water to more than 1.6 million North Texas residents, including those served by the Caddo Basin Special Utility District and the Cash Special Utility District in Hunt County. The district has been under Stage 3 outdoor watering restrictions, which means residential and business customers served by the district are limited to landscape watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems once every seven days, for several weeks. The district has been impacted by drastically lowered levels on two of the reservoirs where it obtains water, and being unable to access a third, Lake Texoma, due to the presence of zebra mussels.