We had record amounts of rain in May. The last stat I heard was that it was the 15th wettest May on record. However, we are still under Water Conservation Rules throughout most of the DFW area.
Because of the conservation efforts, in just the first quarter alone, we have conserved 16.5% more water than in the first quarter of 2006.
Many people ask why we are still under restrictions when we've had so much rain. The main answer is because our lakes are not all at their main operating level as of yet. Yes, we've had a lot of rain lately, but it hasn't made up for the past couple of years where it's been very dry. The other thing is, if we've had so much rain, why do you even want to water your yard more? It should be even easier to conserve water when nature has been taking care of it for us.
Many people outside the area are asking what type of restrictions we're on. For most of the DFW area, you can only water your yard on your trash day. Also, that water must be before 10am and after 6pm. Many areas only have 1 trash day a week, which made for some very brown yards last year. The City of Richardson actually has 2 trash days a week, so we get to water twice a week, but the same hour restrictions apply.
The City of Richardson has been offering Indoor Water Conservation Kits, and now they are offering Outdoor kits as well. The Outdoor kits will include a soil moisture meter probe, an automatic lawn sprinkler timer, a six-position garden hose nozzle, a rain gauge, a drip gauge, and a flow meter bag. You can pick one of for only $16. The indoor kits are only $8.