The City of Fair Oaks Ranch announced today that it will be moving out of Stage 2 drought restrictions and into Stage 1, effective March 1, 2023!
Date: March 1, 2023
To: Residents of Fair Oaks Ranch
From: Fair Oaks Ranch Utilities (FORU)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fair Oaks Ranch Moves Out of Stage 2 Drought Restrictions
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas - The City of Fair Oaks Ranch announced today that it will be moving out of Stage 2 drought restrictions, and into Stage 1, effective March 1, 2023! The move comes as the city’s monitoring wells have maintained an average level of 1030 ft. above sea level for 60 consecutive days.
Under Stage 1 restrictions and by City Ordinance, residents and businesses are required to:
- Reduce the use of all nonessential water usage.
- Avoid outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
- Follow the year-round watering schedule.
- Reduce consumption to under 25,000 gallons (surcharges will go into effect for consumption over 25,000 gallons).
"While we have experienced a much-needed respite in drought conditions and residents of Fair Oaks Ranch have done a fantastic job in their conservation efforts, we must continue to remain mindful of the amount of water we are using,” said City Manager, Tobin Maples. “As long as we continue our conservation efforts, we can stave off the need to return to more restrictive drought measures. As always, we appreciate the cooperation of our residents and businesses in this effort."
In addition to the Stage 1 restrictions, the City urges residents and businesses to be mindful of their water usage indoors by fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and only running dishwashers and washing machines with full loads. For outdoor conservation, residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to continue reducing excessive landscape watering by only watering on their assigned days, between 8 PM and 10 AM. Users also should routinely check irrigation systems to ensure they are free of leaks and timers are functioning properly. These checks are especially important after a storm or if you have recently experienced a power outage. Preventing water waste from runoff into streets, alleys, gutters, ditches, and rights-of-ways will also aid in water conservation.
Aquahawk is another valuable conservation tool as it tracks a user’s consumption and can help inform customers when a change in their conservation efforts may be warranted. FORU customers are encouraged to sign-up for Aquahawk and can do so easily and free of charge at fairtx.aquahawk.us.
The City’s drought restrictions will only apply to residents who are Fair Oaks Ranch Utilities (FORU) water customers. Residents who are not FORU customers should contact their water utility service provider, as their drought restrictions may be different.
For more information on the Stage 1 drought restrictions and water conservation tips, please visit the city's website at www.fairoaksranchtx.org/223/Water-Conservation.