Stage 3 water restrictions remain in place in Heath

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Aug. 5—City of Heath staff will provide an in-depth report regarding the current Stage 3 water restrictions and why they are necessary at the Aug. 9 Heath City Council meeting.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the city will place this item at the top of the agenda. The city encourages residents to attend the meeting to gain the latest information, including the data behind the decisions being made regarding the water restrictions.

In the meantime, here is a synopsis of why the City of Heath is under Stage 3 water restrictions:

The City of Heath is a customer of the City of Rockwall, which gets its water from the North Texas Water Municipal District. Heath's contract with Rockwall allows it to pump no more than 5.5 million gallons a day.

Before the Stage 3 restrictions went into effect, the community was using as much as 7 million gallons of water per day, which far exceeded its limit and spurred the City of Rockwall to direct us to comply with the contract immediately.

Even with the restrictions in place, as of July 29, the city of Heath was still exceeding its limit by 0.2 million gallons per day. For now, Rockwall is allowing Heath to cover the demand.

Adding to this strain is the fact that Heath's combined maximum tank storage capacity within the city is 5 million gallons:

— 1.5 million gallons in an elevated storage tank

— 0.5 million gallons in an elevated storage tank

— 3 million gallons in a ground storage tank

This means that while the city is pumping in water to meet the daily demand by the community, its storage tank levels are still steadily decreasing, instead of staying full.

With no end in sight to the current excessive temperatures and lack of rain, it is in the best interest of the city's safety and quality of life to maintain Stage 3 restrictions until conditions improve.

The city must ensure that its tanks maintain a healthy amount of water to supply residents and businesses and to handle any emergency situations such as structural fires or wildfires.

The city realizes the hardship and inconvenience this means for households, but the city's motivation is in the best interest and safety of all citizens that it serves. The city will continue to monitor the data daily and thanks residents for their cooperation during this challenging time.