Water Levels begin to normalize


Water levels in the main drinking water source for Frisco, Lake Lavon, are starting to normalize after excessive springtime rains. Lake Lavon and other area lakes were taken from near drought conditions to flood conditions over a period of three months. (Feb 20 to May 30). Many area lakes threatened residential areas in Frisco. The waters are now receding to full reservoir pools. Lake Lavon is at 493 feet; it is considered full at 492 feet and is full flood stage at 503.50 feet.

On May 1, the Frisco City Council approved lifting of Drought Restrictions. However, they are encouraging use of “Best Management Practices” to conserve water on an on-going basis. At most, once a week watering of lawns is sufficient, on residential trash days. Twice a week irrigation has not been necessary since the drought of 2012. Email notifications from the city will keep you up to date with recommended watering cycles. Lawn watering should be done outside of the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to minimize evaporation loss. Soaker hoses for foundations and planters as well as hand watering of delicate plants is allowed up to two hours on any day.

To review recommendations and to sign up for a weekly email indicating lawn and garden watering advice, go to: http://friscotexas.gov/departments/publicworks/water/Pages/WaterWise-Home-Test.aspx

Water use per person continues to drop in Frisco, (from the City website):  “In 2008, Frisco installed its own, onsite weather station in addition to four, automated rain gauges that staff uses to calculate weekly watering recommendations.  As a result, staff has data showing residents are using fewer ‘gallons per person, per day’ (GPCD) while the city’s population continues to grow.  In 2010, Frisco’s population was approximately 116,000 and its GPCD was 222.  By 2014, the city’s population swelled to approximately 145,000 but the GPCD was 148.   The state goal is 140 GPCD (GPCD stands for gallons per capita per day). “