ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - The relentless drought and triple-digit temperatures has prompted Round Rock to implement Stage II mandatory water use restrictions effective Tuesday
For Round Rock utility customers, that means transitioning from voluntary to mandatory watering restrictions.
"Because forecasters see no end in sight for the drought and lake levels continue to fall, we believe it is prudent to implement mandatory water restrictions," Utilities Director Michael Thane said. "Our system is capable of meeting current demand, but we're not achieving the level of voluntary compliance we'd like to see."
Despite increasing calls for voluntary conservation, Round Rock has seen average daily demand grow from 28 million gallons a day in May to 39 million in August. The city delivered a record 42 million gallons last Sunday. The city's water treatment plant can deliver 52 million gallons a day.
Round Rock gets its water from three sources: Lake Georgetown, Lake Stillhouse Hollow and the Edwards Aquifer.
Lake Georgetown is currently 47 percent full, down from 74 percent on May 1. Lake Stillhouse Hollow is 71 percent full -- down from 96 percent in May. And the City's main water well is at 60 feet. In May it was at 129 feet.
Stage II mandatory watering restrictions for City of Round Rock water customers, which include Chandler Creek, Fern Bluff, Paloma Lake, Teravista, Vista Oaks and Walsh Ranch municipal utility districts, and Blessing Mobile Home Park, include:
- Outdoor irrigation with automatic irrigation systems, hose end sprinkler, soaker hose or drip irrigation only on water days, not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Watering days for single-family residential customers with odd-numbered addresses are Wednesday and Saturday
- Watering days for single-family residential customers with even-numbered addresses are Thursday and Sunday
- Watering days for commercial/industrial/institutional/municipal/multi-family customers are Tuesday and Friday.
- Watering with a hand held hose or bucket is allowed anytime, any day.
- Planting of new landscape is discouraged.
- Vehicle washing at a residence is permitted only on water days and not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Water cannot run continuously while washing vehicle and the 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 not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Refilling of swimming pools, wading pools, fountains and ponds is prohibited except on the designated outdoor water use days. This restriction does not apply to public swimming pools and wading pools equipped with filtration and a recirculation system that includes the gutter drains or that are not using water from the City's water distribution system. However, public pools may not be filled if there are unrepaired leaks.
- 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 days, not between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Golf course greens and tees allowed every other day watering. Exemption is use of reuse or ground water.
- Fire hydrants may only be used for firefighting 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.
- 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.
Violation of the mandatory restrictions is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000.
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