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Monday, August 8 - Sunday, August 14
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 .61 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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The house’s foundation is much more than a simple concrete slab.

Home foundations help to keep moisture outside of the home, insulate against the cold, and resist the movement of the earth around it.  The more the earth moves, the more resisting our foundations must do to compensate. With North Texas’ expanding clay soil, our foundations sometimes receive a workout. Without proper maintenance, foundations can endure so much stress that they crack under the strain – causing cracks in your home along with them.

Home maintenance in Texas should involve regular checks on moisture levels around your home’s foundation, especially with these hot summer temperatures and periodic scattered storms. To start, walk around your home and observe where the soil rests against the foundation. Excessively dry soil shrinks away from the sides of your home and creates a gap, whereas soil with a higher moisture content sits flush against the concrete slab. If your soil appears dry, apply water to the soil surrounding the foundation (NOT directly into the gap) to close the space.

Foundation watering for homes should be considered separately from turf and landscape watering, and performed on an as-needed basis. The specific moisture level around the foundation isn’t as important as consistency. Most homes in Frisco utilize drip irrigation or soaker hoses for watering foundations, as these methods of water provide targeted coverage and avoid excessively watering the brick exterior of the home. Dedicated drip irrigation lines and soaker hoses can be used in Frisco up to two hours a day, any day. Not sure how long to run your foundation drip lines or soaker hoses?

According to the City of Frisco's licensed irrigators, a general rule of foundation watering during the Summer is 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening, 2 to 3 days a week, depending on temperatures and rainfall.  If the Summer is really hot and dry, meaning several days over 100 degrees, water 4 days a week. Spring and Fall, usually 2 days a week.  In the Winter, 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. If you want more specific information for your property schedule a free sprinkler system checkup with one of our licensed irrigators.

Soil moisture meters can help to get a better idea of what moisture levels are beneath the surface around your home. Keep in mind that moisture levels may be different from one side of your home to the other, so it’s important to spot check all four sides of the home.


For further questions about home foundations, we suggest reaching out to a foundation specialist.
You've got questions. Our licensed irrigators have answers. 

This week's question: Isn't watering 2-3 times on the same day the same as watering 2-3 days in a week?


Answer: 
Watering multiple times on the same day is more effective because we have clay soil, which absorbs water at a slow rate. By applying water multiple times on the same day, you can achieve a deeper watering on that day, pushing the water to the root zone. By spreading the water cycles out over a few days, the water will sit closer to the surface and evaporate away quickly, causing less water to reach the root zone.

- Jo Ostertag, Senior Licensed Irrigation Inspector



Want your questions answered? Email us at waterwise@friscotexas.gov.
Alert: Chunk Your Junk on 8/20

Join us for Frisco's quarterly cleanup event on Saturday, August 20th from 8AM-12PM! Learn more about residency requirements, time restrictions, and what items are eligible for drop-off by visiting the Chunk Your Junk website or calling Environmental Services at 972-292-5900. The drop-off line closes at 11:30AM, event ends at Noon.
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 310.
Last week, the GPCD was 309.
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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