ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The Brazos River Authority advised customers of a Stage 2 drought warning for communities that get water from Lake Stillhouse Hollow and Lake Georgetown.
Friday, the BRA said the conservation measures are due to declining water availability from the two lakes. These Stage 2 restrictions will require customers to reduce all water use by 10%.
The BRA said the cities of Harker Heights, Lampasas, Georgetown, and Round Rock are affected.
As well as Central Texas, Bell County Water Control & Improvement District No.1, Kempner, Jarrell-Schwertner, High Gabriel and Salado Water Supply Corporations.
The Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District and several agricultural irrigators are also impacted by the restrictions.
BRA Water Resource Planner Peyton Lisenby said a lot more water would need to be lost to plunge the area into Stage 3 restrictions.
“There’s plenty of water in the reservoirs. Even under a Stage 2 drought warning conditions, the reservoir is still operating as intended,” said Lisenby.
Lisenby still stressed that customers should be mindful as the demand for water, and the need to conserve it, remains high amid the intense heat.
“Mindfulness is the key ingredient. You have to be willing to be aware of how much water you consume,” said Lisenby.
Cities in Williamson County affected by drought warning
The City of Round Rock is just one of several entities affected by the BRA’s drought warning.
Michael Thane, director of utilities, said for now water customers will stay in their usual state of Stage 1 of the city’s drought contingency plan.
This stage permits customers to irrigate outdoors twice per week, but Thane said more strict measures could come if the need to conserve water grows in the coming weeks.
“If the customers are not doing their part to reduce that consumption, we will have to implement further restrictions,” Thane said.
Thane stressed that hand-watering is allowed at any stage of drought in the city. He said his department has fielded calls on the matter in recent weeks.
“We’ve also been really pushing education outreach to let folks know that you know to conserve whenever you can,” Thane said.