Greenville water use unrestricted as smaller towns cut back

Jun 5, 2013

While residents of many cities across North Texas are being told to curb their water usage, officials with the City of Greenville say there is no current plan to cut back locally.

“We are still good,” said Interim City Manager/Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim.

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which provides water to more than 1.6 million north Texas residents, including those served by the Caddo Basin Special Utility District and the Cash Special Utility District in Hunt County, began Stage 3 outdoor watering restrictions June 1.

Residential and business customers served by the district are limited to landscape watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems once every seven days.

Other restrictions apply, depending on the city. The restrictions were put in place due to a drier than normal winter and spring, which drastically lowered levels on two of the reservoirs where the NTMWD obtains its water.

But Ebrahim said Greenville has seen enough rain in recent weeks to where the restrictions are not necessary at present.

“We are not pumping from Lake Tawakoni right now,” Ebrahim said. “Our reservoirs, 4 and 5, are full right now.”

Ebrahim said the city gauges the water level status every Monday morning.

“Right now we are good,” Ebrahim said. “We are not going to any higher stage.”

The National Weather Service forecast was calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms today through Thursday morning.