Plano Declares a Water Holiday. Why Waste it on your Lawn?

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Fred Rockwood
This could be you, if you live in Plano.

If you are a Plano resident, you probably received a letter recently that patted you on the back for your water conservation. And you were also probably informed of an upcoming Water Holiday.

Plano's yards have been baking under water restrictions aimed to cut consumption by 15-20 percent. City spokesman Steve Stoler says Plano residents actually did much better, slashing usage 40 percent, which sounds good, except that when consumption goes down, water stored in the city's tanks sits around too long and goes bad. To increase circulation enough to prevent spoiled water, Plano is going to let residents open up the tap for a bit.

Yep. Apparently water can go bad. "They put chlorine in the water. And when people are using more water, it's circulating so it's safe," says Stoler. "But since people aren't using the water as much, it doesn't circulate."

As it sits there, the chlorine goes away and bacteria can creep in.

Residents who water their lawns every other week can, for one week, let the sprinklers blast on their usual off weeks, meaning they can water three weeks in a row. Even-numbered addresses can party it up this Thursday, and odd-numbered addresses will be able to spend water like it was ... um ... water on Tuesday, July 22.

"We want to emphasize that this is a one-day, one-time thing," Stoler says.

So you'd better make it count, Plano, and we have some suggestions how to best utilize your Water Holiday:

  1. Bust open the fire hydrants and turn your street into a river. Add an inner tube and a case of cheap beer and it'll be just like floating down the Guadalupe. Take care to avoid concrete backside burn, and please keep those tops up, ladies.
  2. Super Soaker attack on Frisco! Blast 'em real good. They can't fight back, because they didn't earn a water holiday. Losers.
  3. Clean all that baked-on bird crap off your car.
  4. Speaking of which, maybe now is a good time to consider a good, long shower, because frankly, Plano, you're getting a little gamey.
  5. Water board your enemies. (See Super Soaker attack, above.)
  6. Stick the garden hose down the back of your bathing suit so it looks like you're peeing all over the yard. Everyone's done that, right? Right? I was a weird kid.
  7. Fill your Suburban with gallon jugs of sweet, sweet Plano water, drive to Wichita Falls and sell it for a hefty profit under the label Pee-Free from Plano.

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doublecheese
doublecheese

It seems to me that this drought has taught us how to live without as much water. Lawns are not dying because we've gotten smarter about watering and landscaping.  The drought won't last forever.  I wonder if we really need all the new reservoirs they want to bring online. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

There has been a decidedly metallic odor to the water, of late.

ehartmann11
ehartmann11

Wow, and we need the Marvin-Nichols Reservoir why?  So we can maintain Dallas' highest water use per capita in the state?  Basically, F*** Plano.

TheCredibleHulk
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@doublecheese

It also makes you wonder if this move isn't partially financially motivated.

I saw a report recently that said water conservation efforts have been so successful that most of the municipalities that draw from the NTWD haven't used nearly the amount of water that they had purchased. Since the municipalities must estimate future water usage and have to pay upfront for that agreed upon amount of water, many cities are finding themselves stuck between the proverbial "rock and hard-place".

James080
James080

@ehartmann11 

Plano doesn't get any water from the Dallas Water utilities, or from any sources Dallas draws from. Plano and the rest of the area north of Dallas get their water from the North Texas Water District. Growth in Collin and the surrounding counties will require more water in the future. The members cities of the North Texas Water District are combining strict conservation with increased supply. The water hogs are in Dallas County, starting with Tom Hicks, who used 12,315,020 gallons of water for residential use in 2011. Perot used almost as much.

Why do you care where Plano gets its water for now and in the future? It looks like they're doing a better job of conservation than we are in Dallas. Growth in Dallas is flat, so growth in Collin and Denton and surrounding counties helps the entire region, including Dallas. You've been reading too many Jim Schutze "hate the suburbs, hate whitey" columns. So basically, F*** You.

banepage
banepage

@TheCredibleHulk @doublecheese The city of New Orleans has real trouble with all the new water saving restriction laws. Laws that trick their citizens into saving water. The City really needs its people to use more water and reduced income/taxes are killing them. NO gets all their water from the Miss. River before it dumps into the Gulf so they have an almost endless supply..yet the water saving propaganda in this case is really hurting the city.

James080
James080

@TheCredibleHulk @doublecheese 

I doubt "take or pay" has anything to do with this move. Lake Lavon is under 50% of capacity. Stage 4 restrictions are coming, so I doubt they would allow excess watering unless they needed to. Stale water in the system seems reasonable.

ehartmann11
ehartmann11

@James080 @ehartmann11 

If I am guilty of anything it is incorrectly discerning between Dallas and the "Dallas area", which is what was implied.  You really didn't counter any of my intentions, just added to them.  And I care where they get their water from because the Marvin-Nichols is a disaster that needs to be stopped that impacts a lot more people than those in the NTWD.

TheCredibleHulk
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@doublecheese @James080 @TheCredibleHulk

I think it's a one-way trip once it hits the pipeline.

I imagine the logistics of trying to create a pipeline that works in both directions would be daunting and expensive, to say the least.

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