CURRENT WATER RESTRICTIONS
here for The City of Plano maps for our neighborhood's
scheduled pick up dates:
October 19, 2011
City of Plano Enters Stage 3 Outdoor Watering
Restrictions EFFECTIVE November 1, 2011
Outdoor Watering Limited to Once Every Two Weeks with Time Limitations
Effective Tuesday, November 1, 2011 the City of Plano will implement Stage 3
water conservation measures, joining other North Texas Municipal Water District
(NTMWD) cities. On-going drought conditions and the temporary loss of raw water
supply due to invasive zebra mussels combined with NTMWD operational issues from
high water consumption periods continues to require greater regional water
The continually decreasing water elevation level at Lake Lavon makes it
essential to move to Stage 3 conservation levels to divert a catastrophic
operational failure which will occur when lake elevation falls below 470 feet.
On October 18, 2011 Lake Lavon recorded a level of 479.47 feet.
Prior to November 1 all residential and commercial water users will receive a
bright yellow post card outlining the new Stage 3 outdoor watering restrictions,
• Landscape watering with sprinklers is permitted once every other week;
watering between the hours of 10am to 6pm is prohibited. Set your automatic
systems to manual if needed, and only water on your designated day.
o Even addresses: Every other Thursday, beginning November 3
o Odd addresses: Every other Tuesday, beginning November 8
• Foundations, new landscaping and first year new plantings of shrubs and trees
may be watered within a 10-foot radius of their trunk for up to two hours on any
day using a hand-held hose, soaker hose or low flow irrigation.
• No hosing of paved areas, buildings or windows. Hose end cutoff nozzle must be
used when washing vehicles.
• No ornamental fountains or outdoor amenities which use treated water.
• No hydro-seeding, hydro-mulching and sprigging. Planting cool season grasses,
such as rye, is not allowed.
• Existing swimming pools may not be drained and refilled except to replace
normal water loss.
Enforcement of Stage 3 watering restrictions will begin November 1.
Online information: www.plano.gov/water
Telephone Hotline: 972-769-4338
October 8, 2011
RESIDENTS PLEASE NOTE:
Observed a coyote or bobcat in your neighborhood?
Sightings of coyotes and bobcats are quite common in Plano and throughout the
D/FW Metroplex. A sighting of a healthy coyote/bobcat does not constitute a
threat to people and as long as their behavior is apparently normal, there is no
reason for an Animal Services Officer to respond. Contrary to what many believe,
these animals do not live only in rural environments. Many have adapted to
survive in urban settings and there are coyotes in nearly every major city
across the United States. In fact, there is a coyote pack that has been
extensively studied for years that live in downtown Chicago. Wild animals are
very good at adapting and they have learned to survive in many different types
of environments, usually despite the best efforts of people to eradicate them.
Eradication is not feasible but even if it were, there is no way to prevent
wildlife from returning. The best course of action is to educate the public
about these animals as human interference is what is most often responsible for
them exhibiting threatening behaviors.
These small predators may appear to be a threat but in reality they pose very
little danger to people. They do not want to attack people because humans are
not seen as a food source and our size (even children) makes us a threat to
their well-being. They know that if they get into a fight with a person, there's
a good chance they could get hurt and any wild animal that gets injured runs the
risk of starving to death. In recorded history, there has never been a reported
attack on a person by a bobcat or coyote in Plano. Throughout the entire state
of Texas, there has never been an instance of a coyote or bobcat killing a
person. By comparison, domesticated dogs and cats injure more than 600 people
each year in Plano alone, and dogs are responsible for an average of over one
death per year in Texas. Statistically speaking, people are at a far greater
risk of being injured by an at-large dog or cat, or their own pet, than they are
of being injured by a coyote or bobcat.
Nationwide there are very few “attacks” a year and these situations are nearly
always due to the animal being sick or injured or it was being fed by people and
lost its fear of us. People's interference is by far the biggest factor in
wildlife becoming a threat to public safety. When people feed these animals,
over time they can get accustomed to humans and lose some of their fear of us.
This is why Animal Services tries to educate people about the importance of not
feeding the wildlife. They do not need assistance to survive and the less humans
do to try and "help" them the better it is for them and us. On rare occasions,
pets have been attacked by a coyote or bobcat, but nearly all of these attacks
are the owner’s fault. All animals, including cats, are required to be confined
to their owner’s property at all times so that they are protected from the
dangers they face on the streets, the least of which is predation by wildlife.
It is recommended that residents look around their yards and neighborhoods for
attractants: food, water, and shelter. People leaving pet food out will attract
all kinds of wildlife that are happy to take a free meal. Unsecured garbage,
free-roaming pets, and fallen fruit could all be turned into a meal for a
wandering predator. Standing water sources, especially in the heat of summer,
are also very popular with wild animals. Bobcats will sometimes use an unsecured
deck as a den, and while Coyotes don’t normally den close to residences,
overgrown landscaping around homes will provide shelter for smaller animals,
such as rats, mice, and rabbits, that will attract coyotes to neighborhoods.
Homeowners actually benefit from the presence of coyotes and bobcats because
their predation keeps these populations under control and prevents infestations
that occur in homes and businesses when vermin reproduce unchecked.
If you have a coyote sighting in your neighborhood:
* Do keep small dogs and cats inside at night.
* Do keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles.
* Do keep your dog and cat on a leash (as required by city ordinance).
* Do report the coyote/bobcat sighting to the DFW Wildlife Coalition
* Do try to consider that they were here first.
* Do not feed your pets on the back porch.
* Do not walk your small dog in wooded areas.
* Do not approach, chase, make noises at, chunk rocks or otherwise taunt a
* Do not approach a coyote if it appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact
Animal Services immediately at (972) 769-4360.
* Do not ever try to touch a coyote.
August 19th, 2011
RESIDENTS PLEASE NOTE:
The Plano Stage 2 watering restrictions became effective Friday, August 19.
Residents have been notified of their watering days and hours through
information, including a watering zone map, affixed to refuse carts. The
restrictions are the result of the activation of Stage 2 limitations under the
North Texas Municipal Water District’s (NTMWD) water conservation and drought
contingency plan. Current drought conditions have combined with the District’s
reduced water treatment plant capacity, calling for immediate conservation.
Stage 2 conservation measures are aimed at an overall 5% reduction in water
usage by placing limitations on outdoor watering.
As outlined on the watering zone map, residents in each zone may water only
on their assigned days and during assigned times. Two days per week are
designated for outdoor watering within each zone - one day dedicated to morning
and one day dedicated to evening. Watering is not permitted in any zone between
10am and 6pm, 10pm and 2am, nor allowed on Sunday.
There are no day or time restrictions for using soaker hoses, drip irrigation
systems or watering with a hand-held hose (which must be equipped with an
automatic shut-off nozzle.)
Some persons may find it challenging with older irrigation controllers to
automatically program their days and hours. This does not exempt persons from
abiding by the restrictions and observing the assigned watering days and hours
for their zone. While an inconvenience, programming for one watering day and
time then manually starting the system on the second watering day is a solution
that enables compliance. Watering days and times cannot be substituted.
The City has been divided into six watering zones to balance water
consumption during assigned watering times. This enables Plano’s water storage
system to recharge its water supply to insure consistent water pressure for
public safety and residents.
A water conservation page on the City’s website and recorded telephone
hotline number provides 24-hour access to detailed information on current
Water Hotline: 972-769-4338
August 10th, 2011
Dear WCE Residents:
Your Assistance is Needed to Conserve Electricity!
The Texas heat has reached record temperatures this summer and is pushing our
state's power generation resources to the limit. In hopes of preventing rotating
outages, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking everyone in
Texas to do our part to conserve electricity, especially during peak hours of 3
p.m. to 7 p.m.
It's as easy as following three simple steps:
* Turn thermostats up two or more degrees and close blinds or drapes.
* Before leaving home, set your thermostat to 85°F and turn off lights, TVs,
computers, fans and other electrical equipment.
* Run dishwashers, washers, dryers and pool pumps during off-peak hours,
preferably after 7 p.m.
We care about your well-being and hope that, with everyone's combined
efforts, we can help conserve energy and prevent any required rotating outages.
You can learn more about what ERCOT is doing to keep up with the daily
electricity demand in Texas at http://ercot.com/.
Thank you in advance for conserving electricity and help prevent rotating
P.S. We are also experiencing "Extreme Drought" so please be mindful of your
water consumption, including the water used to sprinkle your lawn. For more
information please see the data posted on this website: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Electric Reliability Council of Texas
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas operates the electric grid and manages
the deregulated market for 75 percent of the state.
August 10 at 7:52pm