JCSUD Summer Watering Guidelines June-Oct.
August 03, 2018
Even though this 2018 summer is hot and dry, no mandatory water restrictions have been issued at this time.
However, JCSUD residents and businesses are asked to only water a maximum of twice per week.
• Only water when needed. You may not need to water if rain is in the forecast.
• It is best not to water with sprinklers between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. as these are the hottest hours of the day and evaporation effects are highest.
• Foundations and landscaping, including grass, shrubs and trees, may be watered for up to 2 hours any day by a hand-held hose or soaker hose.
• Low-flow drip irrigation systems may operate as needed.
• A variance may be requested to water new landscapes for up to 30 days. Variances are not required for filling pools.
Please keep a watch on the website to find if conditions change and whether mandatory restrictions have been engaged.
Summer time is peak season for all area utility water systems due to outdoor watering. Research has shown that with normal rainfall in Texas, lawns thrive in no more than twice a week watering in spring/summer and once per week in fall/winter. Therefore, the District’s Water Management Plan promotes limiting irrigation with sprinklers to no more than twice a week during the peak season. Water conservation is a priority for the District’s service area.
Johnson County Special Utility District is committed to conserving and protecting the water supply in a cooperative effort with its customers and partnering with other regional providers. The District receives surface water from two sources. About three-fourths comes from the City of Mansfield and the remainder comes from Lake Granbury. Mansfield is a direct member-entity with the Tarrant Regional Water District which manages a portion of the Trinity basin supply in the general Greater Ft. Worth area. The Lake Granbury supply comes from the Brazos basin which is managed by the Brazos River Authority. Because the District purchases water supply from these regional providers, in turn JCSUD partners with them in stewardship to conserve water resources.
The District first implemented a Water Conservation Plan in 1990 (last update 2017) with the intent to provide a year-round water efficiency plan with measures designed for long-term water savings. This plan aims to reduce loss and waste of water and improve efficiency to extend the life of current water supplies. The District’s Drought Contingency Plan when implemented, serves to promptly respond when the regional water suppliers advise that curtailment is necessary when lower reservoir levels indicate the need.