Austin Water lifts conservation restrictions


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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Water announced Tuesday it is lifting emergency water use restrictions put in place after historic flooding along the Llano and Colorado Rivers last month. 

People can now use water outdoors, but are still encouraged to be smart about how much they use:

  • Automatic irrigation systems can run between midnight and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and midnight
  • People can water once a week for automatic irrigation systems
  • People can water twice a week for hose-end irrigation systems
  • People are free to water with drip irrigation, a hand-held hose or bubblers/a soaker hose for trees
  • People can wash their cars with a bucket and/or hose with a shut-off nozzle
  • Restaurants can only provide water when asked and can only use patio misters between 4 p.m. and midnight

Floodwaters churned up silt and debris, which affected water treatment plants in Austin and led to a week-long boil water notice.

The flooding filled the lakes, allowing Austin on Tuesday to meet the Conservation Stage of the Drought Contingency Plan. Before that, restrictions for Stage 1 were in place.

 “I want to thank our customers for their efforts to conserve water and especially during the recent emergency,” said Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros. “Austin Water is reviewing the data from the flooding event to determine what steps are necessary to ensure the resiliency of our systems.”

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