ROUND ROCK (KXAN) - As communities across central Texas remain in various stages of their water conservation plans, Round Rock moved Monday into its first stage.
The city council passed a resolution Oct. 10 to limit outdoor watering to two days per week.
The resolution cites the continuing drought and water levels at Lake Georgetown as reasons for moving forward with the plan.
The city has several water sources.
However, Round Rock workers look to the levels on Lake Georgetown to help determine what water restrictions should be.
Right now Lake Georgetown is at 773 feet. That's about 18 feet below the full pool of 791 feet.
Jim Fehlauer lives in Round Rock and installed his own measures to deal with the drought. He replaced some grass with a stone pathway in his backyard.
Fehlauer is ahead of new restrictions. He limits his water two two days per week.
"I can't think of anybody down the street here that does not conserve," Fehlauer says.
The city is noticing conservation in neighborhoods. But that's not the only reason that Round Rock has been able to hold off entering Stage 1 for so long.
Michael Thane, Round Rock's utility director, says the last city restriction ended at the beginning of 2012.
He says one reason Round Rock has been able to hold off on entering Stage 1 for so long is simply because of where the rain falls.
The water basin Round Rock uses is keeping up better than the one for other areas.
"We want to make sure that next summer when it hits, we have enough water in our lakes," Thane said.
Read the resolution here.
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
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