AUSTIN (KXAN) - In the midst of our drought, water restrictions aren't unusual in Central Texas.
The City of Pflugerville is under Stage 2 restrictions. Residents and water customers can water just two days a week before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. based on your address.
As of Thursday night, there are some changes to Pflugerville's drought contingency plan . The city adopted new ways of determining when to put stricter restrictions in place. They also changed how they enforce them.
Instead of looking at aquifer levels, the city is now watching the Highland Lake surface levels. Lake Pflugerville is Pflugerville's water source and the water comes from the Highland Lakes. Lakes Travis and Buchanan currently hold just more than 755,000 acre feet of water. Once that drops to 700,000 acre feet, stage 3 restrictions start. That would drop outdoor watering to once a week and could occur in the next couple of weeks.
"We realize there's going to be stricter conservation measures coming and we wan to be able to enforce that with our residents and educate them on what's going on," said Terri Waggoner, City of Pflugerville spokesperson.
For first and second time violations, there are warnings. A third violation means a $100 administration fee in your water bill. A fourth violation will get your water shut off.
"I definitely think neighbors are watching neighbors based on the phone calls we receive," said Waggoner. "We want people to call public works now if they do see a watering violation."
Calls used to go through the police department with citations coming from the municipal court.
"We want our police department to worry about other things," said Waggoner. "So, the public works department will be overseeing any fines."
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