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Stage 3 Drought Measures in Effect in McKinney Beginning June 1

Watering allowed once weekly, conservation encouraged

McKINNEY — On Tuesday (May 21), McKinney City Council voted to enact Stage 3 water restrictions beginning June 1. McKinney’s water supplier, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), has recommended all member cities implement Stage 3 drought restrictions effective June 1. McKinney residents and businesses are allowed to use landscape watering systems once weekly, and other conservation measures are in place.

Under Stage 3 of the drought plan, residents and businesses can only use irrigation systems to water landscapes once per week if needed on the scheduled trash pick-up day. The watering schedules for commercial properties are determined by the residential trash zone where the property is located.

The city maintains efforts to reduce water use year-round, and residents are urged to conserve water. While residents and businesses are allowed to water once weekly, they are encouraged not to water at all unless needed. Restrictions under Stage 3 include the following measures:

•  No watering with an irrigation system between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

•  No use of water that allows runoff or other water waste.

•  No landscape watering during any form of precipitation.

•  Hydro seeding, hydro mulching and sprigging are prohibited.

Activities allowed under Stage 3 include:

•  Operation of ornamental fountains when recycled water is used.

•  Filling swimming pools.

•  Watering foundations or new landscaping with a hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation.

New landscaping and new plantings (first year) of shrubs and trees have 30 days to establish after installation, during which time they can be watered with irrigation systems. Properly registered and operated ET controlled and drip systems may operate without restrictions.

Violating the Stage 3 water restrictions could result in a fee of $50, $100 or $150. Fees will be delivered through the regular water bill, and failure to pay fees can result in water being shut off to the home or business.

To report a water violation, call the water restriction hotline at 972-439-1059. For more information, visit


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at