The Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) is now at full strength after repair of a water main. The break caused district officials to mandate severe restrictions for outdoor irrigation, specifically to the district’s northeast water transmission system.
All of Celina’s residents and businesses, within the water district’s northeast system, had been affected by the now-lifted restrictions, as well as residents served by Mustang SUD, Providence Village, Paloma Creek, and Artesia.
These restrictions were not the result of a drought or of dwindling water supplies. They were put in place to deal with a break in the supplier’s distribution system. The district has since completed work on repairing the break, allowing its customers to resume normal watering.
To meet the demands of their northeast water transmission system customers, the UTRWD had been implementing some water diversion and other workarounds, which have since been discontinued.
The basic water needs of Celina residents were being met, but because of the lowered volume, the district placed restrictions on non-essential uses of water. Even after the repair, however, UTRWD officials caution that the use of water for irrigation should nevertheless be carefully monitored.
Among the recommendations that remain include twice weekly watering of lawns and landscaping with automatic sprinkler systems; and watering only before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. As always, using water wisely, fixing leaks, ensuring the irrigation system is working properly, and watering only when necessary remain necessary.
Watering of flower beds and other plant features may be accomplished as needed with a hand-held hose, drip irrigation or soaker hoses during the allotted times, and pool owners may replace water as necessary to maintain their equipment. However, using water to “sweep” driveways and sidewalks is prohibited.
While the City of Celina was directly affected by these restrictions, the work to restore full capacity was completely dependent on the district and its partners.
Even after the district has restored full service, officials continue to urge residents and businesses to adhere to wise and prudent use of water. Water is a finite resource, and even though City residents are back at full strength the need to be water-smart remains critical.