City lifts mandatory water restrictions
Customers urged to follow twice-weekly watering schedule
Because recent rains have filled Lake Georgetown to capacity, the City of Round Rock has lifted its mandatory once-weekly water restrictions, effective immediately. The City is encouraging its utility customers to follow the twice-weekly voluntary watering schedule.
Last year’s drought and heat wave, coupled with a pump failure in the City’s water supply system, necessitated the move to mandatory restrictions beginning last October. While Central Texas remains in a drought, the crisis that led to the mandatory once-weekly restrictions has passed.
“Lake Georgetown is full and our supply system is fully operational, so we are lifting the mandatory restrictions,” Utility Director Michael Thane said. “But our customers need to remember we were about in the same position last year at this time. The weather can and will change and mechanical systems can fail, so we need to use this limited natural resource wisely.”
The twice-weekly voluntary watering schedule is:
|Residential Odd-Numbered Address||Wednesday and/or Saturday |
|Residential Even-Numbered Address||Thursday and/or Sunday|
|Commercial, Industrial, Multifamily,|
|Tuesday and/or Friday|
Customers should make every effort to not water between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., or on windy days, because of evaporation.
Sprinkler system tips
We know many customers will start to run their sprinkler systems again, now that the restrictions have been lifted and temperatures are rising. We offer the following tips:
- If you are concerned about your water usage, you can schedule a free irrigation system evaluation by licensed City staff at 671-2872 or by emailing Jessica Woods, Water Conservation Specialist. We will determine how many gallons your current schedule uses, provide a recommended watering schedule and recommend any system upgrades that may benefit your yard. The City will not make repairs.
- The City offers an Efficient Irrigation Rebate (PDF) for older, existing sprinkler systems.
- Seasonal recommended runtimes and irrigation tips (PDF).
- Evaluate your irrigation system on your own (PDF).
- Basic operating instructions for irrigation controllers can be found here (PDF).
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012