The “D” Word. DROUGHT. Why is it here? And when will it go away?
(May 15, 2013)
More than just a lack of precipitation, drought results from a number of fluctuating factors, which include temperature, humidity, water demands and longstanding conditions.
Why are Drought Restrictions in Place?
- NTMWD’s two primary reservoirs (Lakes Lavon & Chapman) are approximately 8 feet below normal conservation levels.
- Projections indicate North Texas will not get the rainfall and runoff needed to sufficiently raise key lake levels going into this summer.
- NTMWD still cannot use water from Lake Texoma due to the presence of invasive zebra mussels. Texoma normally provides almost a quarter of NTMWD’s raw water supplies.
- The first phase of a new pipeline being constructed to transport water from Lake Texoma to NTMWD’s water treatment plant located in Wylie, Texas, will not be completed until January 2014.
Consequently, even with a few large spring storms, it is unlikely regional water supplies will recover to average conditions this summer. Droughts are unpredictable and can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. Drought conditions in Texas are forecast to continue throughout the summer for most of our State. While we hope that the forecast is wrong and the coming months prove to be filled with moisture, the time to prepare for drought is upon us.
Frisco's water provider, the NTMWD, is focused on carefully managing our water supplies and asking customers to reduce their water use both indoors and outdoors. By following Frisco’s STAGE 3 mandatory outdoor water restrictions, which begin June 1, 2013, you will be helping in the community effort to protect and manage our existing water supplies. See Frisco's Frequently asked Questions about the drought and a recent presentation for the water supply update.
Drought Updates and Forecast
US Drought Monitor Map
Texas Drought Monitor Map
US Seasonal Drought Outlook/Forecast
Questions or Concerns?
Contact the City of Frisco, Public Works Department at 972-292-5800 or by email.
Drought Close Up
These images were taken of Lake Lavon in September of 2011.
Lake Lavon is a primary water supply for the North Texas Municipal Water District and its member cities, which include 1.6 million people in the North Texas area.