According to the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, as adopted by the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Water District in April 2001 and amended in May 2005 and July 2006, the District has reached a termination condition for a Mild Drought Condition.
Lake Cypress Springs, the District’s reservoir, has reached the elevation of at least 376 feet mean sea level (MSL). The normal reservoir elevation is 378 feet MSL. At the current elevation, the District terminates the existing Mild Drought Condition.
The lake elevation may be monitored on the District’s web site, www.fcwd.com.
The District does want to stress that continued conservation of water is important as we have no idea if the drought is actually over or if this is just a temporary reprieve. Please use water wisely.
The District suggests that all water users follow these conservation tips:
· When brushing your teeth, turn the water off until it is time to rinse.
· Install a low-flow shower head that limits the flow from shower head to less than three gallons per minute.
· Install faucet aerators to reduce water consumption.
· When shaving, fill lavatory basin with hot water instead of letting water run continuously.
· Use a moisture meter to determine when house plants need water.
· Water only when needed. Look at the grass, feel the soil, or use a soil moisture meter to determine when to water.
· Water lawns early in the morning during the hotter summer months. Otherwise, much of the water used on the lawn can simply evaporate between the sprinkler and the grass.
· One and half inches of water applied once per week in the summer will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.
· Do not water streets, walks or driveways.
· Do not “sweep” walks and driveways with the water hose. Use a broom or rake instead.