News Article | 7/3/2014

Some given variances from watering restrictions

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Even as Fort Worth has made twice-a-week watering restrictions permanent, 20 entities and two residences have been granted variances allowing them to water on other days. Most variances were granted to allow for watering on more days but to use the same amount of water. Alliance Town Center’s owner, Hillwood Properties, applied for a variance the week of June 23. Unlike other shopping centers, Alliance Town Center was developed on a sloping ridge, which makes it hard to irrigate with the two-day restrictions, said Craig Schkade, senior development manager at Hillwood Properties. “By having a variance that would allow us to water up to 4 days per week, we would be able to use the same water volume per week, while minimizing the runoff that occurs as a result of the sloping landscape,” Schkade said in a statement. See full story.