Park Cities MUD initiates Stage 1 of Drought Contingency Plan Connection of new membrane filter facility to occur in December The Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utilities District has initiated Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan, and the communities of Highland Park and University Park have too. Along with the City of Dallas and other area water providers, this action was taken in response to the on-going drought. While the District still has adequate water supply in Grapevine Lake, it is striving to protect this supply for the long term. Accordingly, the District is encouraging residents in Highland Park and University Park to voluntarily reduce their outdoor watering to no more than twice a week. Handheld watering with a can, hose or soaker hose is permitted at all times.
Connection of new membrane filter facility to District’s storage tank During the month of December, Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utility District will shut down its treatment plant so the District’s contractor can connect the new membrane filter facility to the District’s 10 million gallon storage tank. During this process the tank that provides treated water to the Park Cities will be drained. To provide an adequate water supply to the Park Cities throughout December, the District will activate its emergency interconnections with the City of Dallas’ water system. This construction activity is unrelated to the initiation of the Stage 1 Drought Contingency Plan. However, this added activity makes it imperative that Park Cities residents limit outside watering. The new membrane filter facility connection should be completed by January 1. The District is well underway with its $33 million construction project that will upgrade its existing treatment facilities and add the latest treatment technology – membrane ultra filtration. The project is scheduled to be complete in December 2012. The work is on schedule and on budget. Once complete the enhancements will provide the Park Cities with some of the best water in the nation. Water conservation urged throughout the winter During this severe drought the Park Cities have been fortunate that their water supply, while diminished, is still in good shape. However, if fall and spring rains aren’t sufficient, the City and Town may have to implement drought contingency plans next summer which could include mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering. That means that any conservation measures residents take now will benefit our communities in the future. During the winter months, the District suggests watering outdoor lawns and landscapes only when needed. Since plants and grass are dormant in winter, they require less water than during the spring and summer. A deep watering once a week should be sufficient and will help protect our water supply for later in the year.