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Prosper, TX 75078

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Prosper moves to Stage 2 from June 1 to Sept. 30

Conservation still necessary, though most restrictions are lifted
PROSPER (June 1, 2012) As of Friday, June 1 and continuing until the end of September, the Town of Prosper will move from Stage 3 to Stage 2 on its water conservation plan, according to Mike Land, Town Manager. Our goal of reducing water usage by at least five percent is still in effect, and we will continue to do everything we can to meet that goal. However, because of changing circumstances, the restrictions that were part of Stage 3 will be lifted during the summer and into the fall, he said. The rains that fell in the early spring and filled the reservoirs used by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) along with the effectiveness of water conservation measures at Stage 3 have combined to lessen the need to continue at that level. Nevertheless, there is the lingering issue of reduced water capacity due to NTMWDs selfimposed prohibition of harvesting water from Lake Texoma due to the presence of invasive zebra mussels. The mussels, which are non-native, can cause severe damage to pipes and pumps. The fact that Lake Texoma remains offline makes water conservation a continuing priority, regardless of the announced stage of our plan. Water is a non-renewal resource, and the needs of our fast-growing community still have the potential to cause serious strains on the system, said Land. Water should never be wasted or used without first thinking about our long-term needs. During Stage 2, Prosper residents are asked to limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to no more than twice per week, and then only if needed. Residents with house numbers ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Residents with house numbers ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water on Wednesdays and Sundays. Commercial businesses, homeowner associations, multi-family residences, churches and schools may water on Mondays and Thursdays. -more-

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Healthy lawns need only one inch of water per week. Residents can use a rain gauge, measuring cup or other method to accurately calculate the amount of water their sprinkler system distributes. That way, everyone can avoid overwatering, he added. Nevertheless, because of the evaporative effects of the sun, watering is prohibited between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. as well as between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day. However, consumers are allowed to use soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems for up to two hours on any day for foundations and trees. There are other restrictions that apply during Stage 2, and these can be found at or by calling 972346-2640. Water is still a very precious resource thats in limited supply. Using it wisely is always the proper thing to do, concluded Land. ###

ABOUT THE TOWN OF PROSPER The Town of Prosper is a fast-growing suburb with small town charm, located 30 miles north of Dallas at the crossroads of U.S. 380, Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway in Collin and Denton Counties. Prosper sits on 27 square miles and is home to more than 12,000 people. A home-rule municipality, governed by a council-manager form of government, the town has full-time fire and police departments, including its own dispatch service. As the Town grows to its projected build-out population of 90,000 residents, Prospers vision is to remain a Place Where Everyone Matters.