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Local entities enact watering restrictions to conserve supply ROUND ROCK Entities in the
WHAT THE RESTRICTIONS SAY Area governmental entities are implementing water restrictions for residents and businesses that include:
City of Round Rock
Brushy Creek MUD
Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan and were implemented after the Brazos River Authority initiated a drought watch condition, according to the BCMUD. In Round Rock, contingency plans for a drought point to lowered levels of water in the lakes that supply the city’s water as a restriction trigger. “Due to the lack of forecasted rain, we are taking action now to prevent the possibility of entering further drought restrictions down the road,” City Manager Laurie Hadley said. “A little bit will go a long way in ensuring we are continuing to use the resources we have in a responsible manner.” The Brazos River Authority announced Stage 1 restrictions in March for Lake Georgetown, a pri- mary water source for Round Rock. The measure is part of the city’s drought contingency plan that has three stages. Stage 1 includes the
Residents may water lawns up to two times per week Residents may water from 7 p.m.-noon Washing of streets not allowed Ornamental fountains that do not recirculate water are prohibited
Restrictions are voluntary Residents volunteering may water two days a week Sprinkler systems may run from 12:01-7 a.m. Hose sprinklers may operate before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
Round Rock area are implementing water restrictions this summer as drought conditions worsen. The city of Round Rock enacted a limit on lawn watering June 29 to conserve its existing water supply, and Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District officials announced its of Stage 1 voluntary watering restrictions for residents July 15. Both are still in Stage 1 as of press time Aug. 2. In Round Rock, exceptions to outdoor irrigation restrictions under Stage 1 are watering via handheld hose or bucket. Washing streets and operating ornamental fountains that do not recirculate water are also prohibited under Stage 1, according to the city’s drought contingency plan that is included in its code of ordinances. The restrictions within the BCMUD are part of the body’s Drought
SOURCES: BRUSHY CREEK MUD, CITY OF ROUND ROCK/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
biweekly residential lawn watering restrictions; Stage 2 would bring the two days a week of permitted water- ing down to one day a week; and Stage 3 prohibits outdoor irrigation and limits other water uses most strictly. Other uses of water limited by the city’s drought contingency plan include the filling pools, washing vehicles and operating ornamental fountains. Limitations may range from set hours of the day to total prohibition, according to the
city’s plan. Drought restrictions in Round Rock are based on a number of factors, such as water supply, demand and capacity of water treatment plants; wholesale suppliers; and public health, safety and wellness triggers. The restrictions may be lifted by the city manager if the conditions that triggered the restrictions are resolved or if the city manager determines it to be in the city’s best interest to terminate the restrictions.
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