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Posted on: August 21, 2013

Voluntary water conservation measures remain in effect

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Although 2013 proved to be wetter than usual for north Texas, Farmers Branch City Manager Gary D. Greer wants to remind residents voluntary water conservation measures remain in effect.

"Although the rain we've had last summer was extremely rare for that time of year, we remain in the clutches of a prolonged drought," he explained. "That's why we implemented Stage 1 voluntary conservations measures, under our drought contingency plan, in early 2012 and that's why we're continuing that stage now."

Farmers Branch Drought Contingency Plan Stage 1 calls for voluntary reductions in:
- Frequency of watering new and first-year landscaping and foundations.
- Frequency of washing or rinsing of vehicles and recommended use of bucket/container, handheld hose with positive shutoff valve or commercial car wash.
- Excessive runoff from landscape areas.
- Frequency in draining and refilling of swimming pools and ornamental fountains.
- Hosing off paved areas, buildings, windows or other surfaces.
- All other non-essential water use.

"We're relying on citizens to voluntarily continue to reduce water use when and where they can, according to these guidelines," Mr. Greer added. "Although Stage 1 formalizes conservation measures, we're always asking our residents to be water smart.

"Use what you need. Save the rest," he concluded.

For more information on Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan, call the Public Works Department at 972.919.2597.

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