When ongoing drought and low lake levels put a strain on the area's water system, municipalities will implement mandatory water restrictions to help conserve water.
The City’s Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) consists of 3 stages.
Stage 1 restrictions allow only twice-a-week watering for its customers based on the following schedule:
- Single-Family Residential Odd-Numbered Addresses are Wednesday and/or Saturday
- Single-Family Residential Even-Numbered Addresses are Thursday and/or Sunday
- Commercial/Multi-Family Residential are Tuesday and/or Friday
Watering is allowed between midnight to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to midnight only.
The following activities are allowed in compliance with the watering schedule above:
- Outdoor watering
- Foundation watering
- Wash vehicles
- Fill swimming pools
- Golf course irrigation
- New landscaping
- Operating ornamental fountains that DO recirculate water
- Street, sidewalk, patio washing
- Operating ornamental fountains that do NOT recirculate water
- Commercial carwashes
- Commercial plant nurseries
- Commercial power washing companies
- Athletic fields where field is in use (organized youth, amateur or professional sports)
- Necessary usage to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public (i.e. washing garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables)
- Irrigation using other sources of water, such as groundwater, City’s reuse water, or rainwater
Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions for the City of Round Rock water customers (which includes Chandler Creek, Fern Bluff, Paloma Lake, Teravista, Vista Oaks and Walsh Ranch municipal utility districts, and Blessing Mobile Home Park), are:
- Watering days for single-family residential customers are Wednesday and Saturday for odd-numbered addresses, and Thursday and Sunday for even-numbered addresses.
- Watering days for commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal, multifamily and HOA areas are Tuesday and Friday.
- Outdoor irrigation with a permanently installed automatic irrigation system on water day(s) only between midnight and 10 a.m.
- Outdoor irrigation with hose end sprinkler, soaker hose, drip irrigation only on water day(s), not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Watering with a hand held hose or bucket is allowed anytime.
- Planting of new landscape is discouraged.
- Vehicle washing at a residence is permitted only on water day(s) and not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Water cannot run continuously while washing vehicle (use of spray nozzle required). There is an exemption when washing for health and safety purposes (example: garbage trucks, ambulances).
- Charity carwashes are prohibited.
- The watering of the ground around foundations to prevent foundation cracking is prohibited except on designated outdoor water use days between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. and between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight.
- Swimming pools, wading pools, fountains and ponds may be refilled on designated watering days only.
- The operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making similar use of water is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life.
- Golf course fairways may only be watered on designated water day(s), not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Golf course greens and tees allowed every other day watering (must submit schedule to City utility department). Exemption is use of reuse or ground water.
- Fire hydrants may only be used for fire-fighting activity or other activity to maintain health, safety and welfare of residents of Round Rock. Exemption is use for land development and building construction purposes; however they must have written approval from Utility Director. Routine flushing of fire hydrants is prohibited.
- Street washing from hydrants is prohibited if water is potable; if water is reclaimed, it is permitted.
- The City shall voluntarily inspect water lines and repair leaks on a daily basis; and discontinue flushing of water lines and street cleaning programs.
- Water waste is prohibited. Examples are: failing to repair a controllable leak; washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, streets, tennis courts, patios, or other paved areas, except to alleviate immediate health or fire hazards, operating irrigation system with a broken head, misaligned heads, overspray, misting, or runoff.
Stage 2 restrictions do not apply to:
- Necessary use of water (NOT landscape irrigation) by a government entity in pursuit of its functions to benefit public (i.e. capital improvement construction projects)
- Necessary use of water for land development and building construction (NOT landscape irrigation), such as dust control, flushing lines and concrete work.
- Necessary use of water for repair of water distribution facilities, irrigation systems and plumbing.
- Use of water for irrigation of specially permitted landscaping in new development should be postponed, if possible; if it cannot be postponed then there is a 30-day variance upon notification to the Utility Director.
- Necessary use of water on organized youth, amateur, or professional sports fields where the field is in use or will be in use for the first 60 days of Stage 2 restrictions.