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Dallas May Be Out of the Drought (For Now), But Watering Restrictions Are Far From Over

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With the release of its latest map this morning, the U.S. Drought Monitor made it official: A few weeks' worth of heavy rain have officially removed Dallas-Fort Worth from the historic drought that has most of the state bone-dry. (Watch the 12-week animation here.) And per the AP's breaking-news sounder: "Residents in those areas will likely no longer have any water restrictions."

Ah, but remember: The Dallas City Council was told yesterday that our six water-supply reservoirs are 15 percent depleted, a significant improvement since council voted to institute twice-a-week watering restrictions. Nevertheless, on Wednesday council will be asked to extend Stage 1 restrictions till June 8, at least, because surrounding neighbors will need to buy our water.

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