A twice-weekly watering schedule based on the last digit of people’s street addresses will be in effect following formal approval by the Rockwall City Council on May 7.

The change from once-weekly watering based on geographic zones to twice-weekly based on numerical addresses is designed to reduce the load on the city’s water system by spreading out usage across the City.

For residents whose addresses end in:

1, 2 or 3 – watering days will be Monday and Friday.

4 and 5 – watering days will be Tuesday and Saturday.

6, 7 and 8 – watering days will be Wednesday and Sunday.

9 and 0 – watering days will be Monday and Thursday.

Also pending council’s approval, the number of hours per day residents will be allowed to water will be reduced by an hour. Watering will not be allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. instead of the current 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The City of Rockwall is among those served by the North Texas Municipal Water District that remains under mandatory water restrictions due to the low level of Lake Lavon.

Recent rains have been a boon to the lake as Lavon was listed at 488.55 feet as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The normal level of the lake is 492 feet, meaning that the lake is within three and a half feet of optimum level. This is the highest level the lake has been at since Aug. 9, 2005.

Nonetheless, Lavon is still considered to be under drought conditions and officials are still urging all users of NTMWD to be diligent in their conservation efforts.

Crowley said the City will be more aggressive this summer with water waste enforcement (water running down the street).

The water restriction program will be operated by the city’s Finance Department. Residents will be notified when the new plan will start.

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