Frisco prepares for water conservation |

Frisco prepares for water conservation

FRISCO – Spring is approaching, with irrigation season close behind it.

Frisco officials continued their discussion about conservation measures for the town at the council worksession Tuesday. They are planning for a three-pronged approach – public education, a phased conservation plan and increased water rates, said Frisco Public Works Director Tim Mack.

Frisco currently charges $30 per quarter for 24,000 gallons of water, but those rates don’t cover the town’s water department expenses, officials said.

During its discussion last month, the town council didn’t agree with Mack’s recommendation to leave the quarterly fee the same but decrease the base amount of water to 18,000 to encourage conservation. At the time, the majority of council members said it believed the town should simply increase the quarterly rate for water to $42.

The council changed its position on Tuesday, however, and are proceeding with Mack’s recommendation, Mack said.

The first reading of the ordinance change should be on the agenda for the council’s May 6 meeting. The second reading and a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the May 20 meeting.

Frisco officials hope to have the new measures in place in time for the irrigation season, Mack said.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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