DeSoto announces more water restrictions due to drought, heatwave

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DESOTO, Texas (TSWT) — The city of DeSoto has issued water restrictions for Phase 2 due to the ongoing drought and heat wave, officials announced Friday.

Officials said the new restrictions come after nearly two months of drought, high temperatures and multiple fire events that have led to record water consumption in the city.

The new restrictions include mandatory cuts in irrigation systems for homes and businesses.

DeSoto customers who use automatic irrigation systems or sprinklers at the end of a hose will need to water their lawns every five days between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 7 and 11 p.m.

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However, residents are allowed to water their lawns with a hand hose, watering can or drip system without penalty.

Officials said allowed days will be based on the last digit of residents’ addresses.

The following schedule shows on which days watering is allowed:

Last digit of address Allowed watering dates

0 & 5 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th

1 & 6 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st, 26th

2 & 7 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd, 27th

3 & 8 3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th, 23rd, 28th

4 & 9 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th

Officials said properties with multiple addresses, such as apartments or office buildings, are identified by the lowest address number.

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In addition, the city orders residents and companies to immediately cease non-essential water use.

The restrictions apply to all homes and commercial properties that are supplied with water through DeSoto Public Utilities. Properties with private water sources are not limited by these restrictions, officials said.

Officials said the city has the ability to control water use and violators of these restrictions could face fines.

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Click here to view DeSoto’s drought emergency plan. Click here to view all restrictions set under Phase 2.

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