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Watering to be restricted starting June 1

Jessica Parrott
With Stage 2 water restrictions currently in place, signs can be seen throughout the area notifying residents when they can water. Stage 3 restrictions will be implemented beginning June 1.

Texas summers can be summarized into one word: hot. The heat combined with the constant beating sun not only takes a toll on the residents of the Lone Star State, but on its water supply as well as local lake levels are far from full.  That has local cities mandating water restrictions starting June 1.

“Fairview will be implementing the Stage of the Drought Contingency Plan, as ordered by North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD),” Code Enforcement Officer for the

Town of Fairview Robert White said. “NTMWD is recommending a “modified” Stage 3, which is somewhat less restrictive than normal. Lawn watering will still be restricted to one day per week, with exceptions for new landscaping, first year plantings of shrubs, and trees and foundations which may be watered for up to 2 hours on any day with a hand-held hose, soaker hose, or dedicated zone with drip irrigation. “Smart” irrigation systems & drip irrigation (sub-surface) can be used without restriction, provided it does not create runoff. Any use which causes runoff or other waste is prohibited.”

Many who live in the North Texas area will be impacted by the water restrictions, whether it’s the color of their lawn, the state of their flowers, or the water level by their lake house. However, the effects of the water restrictions shouldn’t be too harsh.

“It’s going to keep the problem from getting worse,” AP US History teacher Tara Evans said. “However, it shouldn’t affect my day to day life too greatly.”

Such restrictions do not come without reason.

“Our primary water supplies are below normal levels due to less-than-average rainfall, and projections indicate we will not get the rainfall we need going into this summer,” Jim Parks,  North Texas Municipal Water District executive director said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “We need to conserve the supplies we have and reduce our water use by at least 10 percent.”

If water is overused in Stage 3 restrictions, the district will move to Stage 4 restrictions, which includes no sprinkler usage.

“I think (the Stage 3 restrictions) are a good thing, and will be helpful with conserving our water,” Evans said.


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Now that she’s a senior, not much has changed besides the dwindling number of days until her graduation. Claire Peralta is still as awkward and unsure of herself as she was freshman year, but about 2 inches taller. Rarely will you see her without a Diet Coke in hand, because of her undying love for Diet Coke, as showcased in her junior year staff bio. Yes, she knows it’s unhealthy, please don’t inform her of how her stomach is slowly becoming radioactive. She loves odd necklaces, surfing, travelling, and hopes to leave the United States as soon as possible to become the female Rick Steves while learning as many languages as possible. Her favorite color is the absence of color, and has little to no filter. Claire attributes her unique personality to her obsession with James Bond movies and Blink-182 in the 3rd grade. She apologizes in advance if she offends you, she probably didn’t mean to. For questions and inquiries contact: [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @clairemperalta.
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Jessica Parrott, Sports Editor
Jessica Parrott is a senior, meaning she not only runs the sports section of The Red Ledger, but also the school. With her best friend and fellow staff member Julia Carder by her side, Jessica is going to make this year the best yet. Her favorite sport to cover is football, not only does she love the game but she also loves the boys. Nah, just kidding… slightly. As a senior, Jessica knows that she can literally do anything she wants. Anything. Her favorite saying is “Lord love a duck,” a frequent exclamation made when people do appalling things. She is hoping to attend either Texas Tech or Texas A&M but is also considering Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas. Ya never know though. She is obsessed with both Friday Night Lights and Gossip Girl, two drastically different shows. The way to her heart is a large Diet Coke from McDonald’s and cabana bowl from Taco Cabana. She is from Boerne, Texas, a suburb outside of San Antonio and she believes to this day that it is the closest to heaven on earth you can get, it’s the Hill Country, it doesn’t get much better. She loves riding boots, flowy tops, and her Texas James Avery ring. Thanks and Gig ‘em, Wreck ‘em, Sic ‘em, Go Pokes, Woo Pig! She’ll let ya know when she decides on a school ;)

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