Lewisville under extreme drought

Denton County is the northeastern portion of the red extreme drought area of North Texas. (Map via U.S. Drought monitor)

Lewisville is now under extreme drought, according to the US Drought Monitor. Across Texas, 59.26 percent of the state is under some level of drought, but only 8.48 percent is in extreme drought.  The map of drought in the state was produced July 31, and released Aug. 2.

According to the National Weather Service, the Dallas Fort Worth area has received only 1.52 inches of rain since June 1, about 4.5 inches below normal.  Last year between June 1 and Aug 2, DFW had received 13.03 inches of rain.

Lewisville Lake, the primary source of water for Lewisville is down to 518.82 feet as of 6:15 p.m. Thursday.  This is 3.18 feet below the conservation pool level of 522 feet. The lake has dropped about a foot and a half over the past 30 days, according to US Geological Survey data.

The drought conditions have taken a toll on area lawns, and residents have used more water as a result.  Lewisville’s water system recently was stressed when a pump motor went out. The situation had Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham threatening stage 2 water restrictions which could cut residents down to one lawn watering per week.

The drought monitor is produced by the University of Nebraska Lincoln, in cooperation with the USDA, and NOAA.