Frisco prepares for water restrictions |

Frisco prepares for water restrictions

FRISCO – The Frisco Town Council approved the first reading of a water conservation plan at its meeting Tuesday.

Although Frisco currently has sufficient water to meet the town’s needs, public works director Tim Mack said in a memo to council, it has not been spared by the drought’s effects. In fact, the town was unable to operate its surface-water plant for most of 2002 because of low stream levels in North Ten Mile Creek.

And the town likely will begin the irrigation season with voluntary restrictions this year.

The conservation plan includes public education, a four-step, water-restriction program and a modification of Frisco’s water rates and charges. The proposed conservation program includes four phases, from voluntary water restrictions to a complete ban of outside watering, and fines for residents and business owners who don’t comply with mandatory restrictions.

Those who don’t comply with mandatory restrictions would first receive a written warning from the town. Mack recommended $100 for the second offense, $150 for the third and $250 for the fourth and all subsequent offenses.

In connection with the water conservation plan, town officials also approved raising the town’s water rates. The town hasn’t raised its rates for water since 1993, Mack said. Instead of causing sticker shock by increasing the quarterly bill from $30 to $42 for 24,000 gallons of water, town officials have agreed to keep the price the same but decrease the water to 18,000 gallons – to encourage conservation among Frisco water customers.

The second reading of the ordinance and public hearing will be at the May 20 meeting.

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

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