With continued high temperatures this summer, water usage has also increased. While water supply is not the issue at this time, the demand for water in the morning hours has hampered the City’s ability to efficiently provide water to customers during this peak time period. For this reason, the City is asking the public to further limit irrigation hours.
Currently, City Ordinance No. 2019-22 mandates that except for hand watering or the use of drip/subsurface irrigation or properly working soaker hoses, no person shall irrigate or water any landscaping or lawn on premises owned, leased, or managed by that person between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from June 1 through September 30. Because of the current high demand during the morning hours, the City is asking that citizens refrain from irrigating after 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. In other words, use irrigation systems only between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
It is hoped that if citizens can further limit irrigation voluntarily through the end of September that mandatory measures can be avoided.
Water conservation is an ongoing effort. It not only helps extend water supplies now, but it is also critical to meet future water needs as the population grows and the demand increases. To help residents make the most of their water usage, the city provides several resources and links on the Engineering Department’s webpage (see “Water Conservation Tips”), including a simple irrigation calculator.
Another great resource for weekly watering advice tailored to the North Texas region is www.WaterIsAwesome.com.
Finally, City of Midlothian utility customers may sign up for the WaterSmart app, which allows them to view their daily and hourly water usage online. They may use the 8-digit account number on their water bill to register at www.Midlothian.WaterSmart.com.