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Monday, August 1 - Sunday, August 7
Water demands are often highest during the month of August and without continued and aggressive conservation, water demands may surpass the facilities’ ability to deliver sufficient volumes. Residents are asked to continue limiting outdoor water use and follow specific guidance from their local provider regarding the timing and frequency of irrigation as the region enters the height of the summer demand season..
While data from Frisco’s weather station recommends .58 inches of water this week, please don’t run your automatic sprinkler system more than one day this week on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. This week’s recommendation is impacted by the NTMWD request to limit outdoor watering.
The hot, dry weather has the City of Frisco nearing record water usage. Please consider these alternative methods of outdoor watering which are allowed in addition to your once-a-week watering schedule: Hand-held hoses, driplines and tree bubblers. These are good methods to water your lawn, landscape and foundation during this extreme heat.
Time-of-day watering guidelines are critical this time of year!
Irrigation controllers should be set to run before 10 a.m., or after 6 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time (DST). Running your sprinklers in the early morning and evening helps minimize water loss due to evaporation.

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As the heatwave continues, and we leave the second hottest July on record, concerns over lawns cracking, browning, and dying are on the rise. To top it off, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) sent out an official request asking everyone to reduce their water use for the rest of the summer.
The City of Frisco restricts watering with spray-style irrigation to just once per week unless our weather station shows a need for more than .5 inches of irrigation for that week. Normally having a recommendation higher than .5 would allow an alternate watering day for those unable to apply the recommended amount in just one day. This alternate day is based on your trash pickup day, just like your regular watering day. To find your alternate day visit the City Watering Schedule. With the request in reduced watering from NTMWD we are asking our residents to hold off on watering during the alternate day.

So how do you keep your lawn cool and hydrated in this heatwave if we're under a water reduction request? The WaterWise Team has heard your requests for advice loud and clear!

Use the Cycle and Soak Method of watering on your designated irrigation day, with multiple cycles in the early morning and later in the evening. On the days that aren’t your designated watering day make use of your non-spray methods of watering. The City of Frisco allows watering with driplines, soaker hoses, and hand watering with a hose for up to 2 hours per day These methods also allow you to focus the water where it is most needed instead of spreading it around.

Apply a 3-4 inch layer of organic mulch to your landscape (flower beds, shrubs, vegetable gardens). Mulch reduces surface evaporation, prolongs soil moisture, cools the soil and moderates the temperature of the plant’s root zone. Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension has an excellent resource on different styles of mulch and their best uses.

Add compost (approximately ¼ inch) to lawns and landscapes, especially areas that receive extensive sunlight during the summer. The organic matter increases the water-holding capacity of the soil, protects exposed roots from intense heat and improves the soil structure of your lawn.

Set the blade on your mower higher during prolonged periods of drought. Generally, no more than 1/3 of the total turfgrass plant should be removed at any one time. Mowing higher helps to keep moisture in, cools the soil and defends against weeds.

Don’t Fertilize
Resist the temptation to fertilize until temperatures cool. Fertilizers increase leaf production and the plant’s need for more water, something we want to avoid until things cool off.

Learn what types of grasses make up your lawn. Each type of grass reacts differently and requires specialized treatment. Knowing your lawn species allows you to administer specialized treatments and will tell you if the grass is actually dying or if it is the type that turns brown and just goes dormant until the rains return. The researchers at the AgriLife Extension have made the study of grasses and lawns their life, and drought research is a major part of their testing. 
For months you've gotten their advice, now it is time to meet the Licensed Irrigators answering your questions!

This week's Licensed Irrigator:
Kyle Poe

Bio: Born in Stockbridge Michigan in 1971, married in 1994 and have 2 children, 21 and 18 years old.  I have been a resident in the City of Frisco since 2006. Have been working for the City of Frisco for thirteen and a half years, with experience in water, sewer, backflow inspection and irrigation. 

I Have been a Licensed Irrigator for the State of Texas for 7 years.  Also hold licenses from the State in Irrigation Inspection, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collections, and Backflow Assembly Tester.  I have been doing irrigation inspections on all new residences and businesses for about 3 years and really enjoy the career.
You've got questions. Our licensed irrigators have answers. 

This week's question: How long should I water my foundation?

In the Summer months, I recommend watering 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening, 2 to 3 days a week, depending on temperatures and rainfall.  If Summer is really hot and dry, meaning several days over 100 degrees, I would water 4 days a week. Spring and Fall, usually 2 days a week.  In the Winter, I recommend only water the foundation about once or twice a month for 12 minutes, because the water is not evaporating very fast, and the temperatures are cold. The goal is to keep consistent moisture around the property, so the amount of watering will be adjusted for the season. 

- Kyle Poe, Senior Licensed Irrigation Inspector

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FREE Irrigation Sprinkler Checkups
Conserve water and save money! Frisco's licensed irrigators offer free inspections to residents. Please be aware that our free Sprinkler Checkup program is extremely popular and there is currently a wait list going into August. 

Use the myFrisco app or call 972-292-5800 to schedule your appointment.
GPCD: Frisco's Water Statistics
The average daily water usage per person in Frisco is known as the GPCD. Calculations are obtained by dividing the total number of gallons used in Frisco by our city's population.

This week in Frisco, the GPCD was 309.
Last week, the GPCD was 301.
2022 Water Quality Report
with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. Learn more by reviewing the Superior Rating. The City of Frisco is proud to let its customers know they receive safe, high-quality drinking water. Frisco’s water system has an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.
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