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

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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