With booming populations, prolonged droughts, and increased demand on a limited supply of water, it is more important than ever for each of us to use water wisely and efficiently to make sure our supplies last. An average family uses 60 to 80 gallons of household water per person per day. Luckily, there are many ways each of us can conserve and use water wisely every day.
For a sample of smart, simple choices you can make whenever and wherever you use water - outdoors or indoors, visit North Texas WaterIQ's website. While there be sure to tour the interactive High Water IQ Home for more water-saving tips.
Outdoor Watering Guidelines
As a reminder, the City of Melissa is underwater conservation guidelines year-round. There are specific restrictions that limit outdoor watering that vary seasonally. From April 1 through October 31, standard restrictions are in place and outdoor watering is limited to no more than twice per week as needed. Beginning November 1 through March 31, seasonal restrictions limit outdoor watering to no more than once per week only as needed.
Additionally please continue the following measures at all times throughout the year:
- No outdoor watering with an irrigation system between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
- No use of water that allows runoff or other water waste.
- No landscape watering during any form of precipitation.
View the City of Melissa Water Conservation and Water Resource and Emergency Management Plans (Adopted April 2019) (PDF).
To maximize your conservation efforts, North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and the City recommends customers:
- Turn off irrigation systems and operate on manual mode - Don't Set It and Forget It!
- Utilize weather-based watering recommendations such as WaterMyYard.org based on local Melissa weather conditions and water lawns only if needed to supplement natural rainfall.
NTMWD and City of Melissa thanks all our consumers for your continued conservation efforts. You have demonstrated that informed customers will do the right things to conserve.
How Much Water Your Yard Needs
A healthy landscape actually requires less water than you may think. The "Water My Yard" program, developed by NTMWD's WaterIQ program in partnership with the Irrigation Technology Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has been established as a tool to assist you in determining an adequate amount of supplemental water that is needed to maintain healthy grass.
Local Weather Station
The City of Melissa has a local weather station (near Villages of Melissa) that is part of this network and offers our residents the most local and relevant data to help determine when and how much you need to water.
Learn more by visiting the Water My Yard website and it only takes a few short steps to begin receiving a weekly email to know how much water your landscape actually requires based on local weather conditions - effective rainfall, solar radiation, relative humidity, and wind.
Water Conservation Resources
The following are additional information and links to other great resources on how you and your family can do your part to conserve water and at the same time save on your water bill:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense
- Home Water Works - A Project of the Alliance for Water Efficiency
- Know Your Water - North Texas WaterIQ
- Texas A&M Agrilife Water Resources for Homeowners
- Water University (Texas A&M Agrilife Research)
- Water Use It Wisely Website
Interested in tracking the water level of Lake Lavon? Visit the Water Data for Texas website for daily updates on the elevation and conservation pool level.