North Texas residents to face water restrictions

August 25, 2011 5:19:20 AM PDT
The ongoing drought and brutal summer heat has prompted a North Texas water district that serves 1.8 million people, including residents in Fort Worth, to implement mandatory water restrictions.

The Tarrant Regional Water District is asking its customers to only water their lawns and landscapes two days a week and not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Other restrictions include no hosing of paved areas or buildings.

The restrictions are set to begin on Monday.

The district said Wednesday it implemented the restrictions under its Drought Contingency Plan because its storage capacity is expected to drop to 75 percent by next week.

The water district serves residents in 11 North Texas counties and besides Fort Worth, includes the cities of Arlington and Mansfield.