Even though water levels at area reservoirs are in good shape going into the hottest months of the year, residents are still urged to water only when needed. This helps avoid unnecessary chemical and debris runoff into our streams and saves money, especially since water rates have increased since last summer.

One way to do this is to set sprinkler systems to manual and visit www.watermyyard.org to receive weekly e-mailed watering recommendations based on your address, type of sprinkler system and recent precipitation amounts. Additional water conservation tips and tricks will be offered at a free, online “Sprinkler Smart” workshop Wednesday, July 6 at noon (click here for details/registration), sponsored by the City of Plano.

Currently, Richardson is in its summer water conservation plan, which allows watering between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. at even-numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Saturdays and odd-numbered addresses Wednesdays and Sundays. Hand watering is allowed anytime when using a hose with a shut-off spray nozzle.

Website: www.cor.net/waterconservation