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Grand Prairie Enacts Mandatory Water Restrictions
Posted Date: 8/16/2011

NEWS RELEASE
AUGUST 3, 2011

CONTACT: Amy Sprinkles 972-237-8140; Selena Jackson 972-237-8377

GRAND PRAIRIE—Due to the severe temperatures and high water demand, Grand Prairie has enacted mandatory water restrictions to help manage the use of its water supply effective immediately until further notice.

Mandatory restrictions for Grand Prairie residents and businesses require:

  • No watering on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday
  • Even numbered addresses water lawns on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Odd numbered addresses water lawns on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Handheld water hoses and soaker hoses may be used at anytime but no longer than two hours per day. Residents may wash vehicles at home during restrictions with a hose and bucket if the water does not run continuously, but residents should not use the water hose to wash off sidewalks and driveways.

Grand Prairie Code Enforcement will enforce the water restrictions with a warning first and citations thereafter for non-compliance.

The city reports average daily demand has been 43 million gallons of water, with peaks at 46+ million gallons a day. Current capacity is 45 million gallons a day. Therefore, every time demand peaks, the system pulls water from the required reserve. Normal reserves top about 46 million gallons. As of August 1, reserves were down to 33 million gallons. The city must have 23 million gallons of water in reserve for fire fighting.

If the city were to have to buy additional water from its suppliers, the cost would be $200,000 per 1 million gallons, and per the contracts, that purchase is for life. In other words, if the city were to purchase another 1 million gallons this year, it would be permanent and recur year after year.

Grand Prairie gets its water from three sources:
33.5 million City of Dallas
2.5 million City of Fort Worth
9 million City of Grand Prairie wells

Contrary to frequent belief, the city does not get any of its drinkable water from Lake Joe Pool, which was built by the U.S. Corps of Engineers as a flood control lake, as no water treatment plant has ever been built in association with the lake.

For more information, contact the City of Grand Prairie Water Utilities at 972-237-8401 or visit www.gptx.org/waterwise. To report violations during regular business hours, call 972-237-8296. To report violations after hours, call 972-237-8400.