The City of Mesquite announces that beginning September 1, its water utility customers will be allowed to water outdoor landscaping once per week on a weekday of their choice. For more information on outdoor watering restrictions in Mesquite, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/utilities, call 972-329-8533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This announcement supports the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) recommendation to its member cities to allow landscape watering once a week with sprinklers or irrigation systems through the end of October 2014. Mesquite is a member of the NTMWD. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires that water providers maintain chlorine residuals in transmission and distribution systems to assure water quality so that the treated water supply is safe for use. Annually, chlorine residuals are depleted by increases in temperature during summer months. During the summer of 2014, NTMWD consumers have reduced their water usage so well that maintaining chlorine residuals has been compounded by the decreased demands. To maintain water quality, NTMWD’s member cities perform flushing of hydrants to remove the water that has decreased chlorine residuals. To improve the circulation and increase the water flow within the water systems, allowance of once per week watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems will assist in maintaining the required chlorine residuals. NTMWD member cities will continue to monitor water quality within their systems.