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Leander water restrictions by Justin Wilson
July 30, 2011, 11:23 pm
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This is Leander’s current watering schedule. This information was obtained from Leander’s website. Please follow these guidelines to help conserve. http://www.leandertx.org/news.php?id=119″ title=

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Pflugerville water restrictions by Justin Wilson
July 30, 2011, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Pflugerville water restrictions

This is Pflugerville’s watering restrictions. This information was obtained from the City of Pflugerville’s website. Please follow this to help conserve.

Mandatory Water Restrictions
Stage Two Water Rationing Restrictions

Under Stage Two water rationing, these restrictions are mandatory for all water customers:

• Limit watering landscaped areas to a twice-a-week watering schedule (below).

Twice-a-Week Watering Schedule:

• For residential customers with a last digit of their street address ending in an odd number, their water days are Wednesdays and Saturdays.

• For residential customers with a last digit of their street address ending in an even number, their water days are Thursday and Sundays.

• Commercial customers can water on Tuesdays and Fridays.

For all customers:

• Watering is allowed before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on your designated watering day.

• For those with automatic sprinkler systems: Set your system to start just after midnight on your day to water. This helps avoid using the system during peak hours of 6 am to 10 am.

• Limit outdoor watering to between midnight and 10 a.m. and between 7 p.m. to midnight on designated watering days. There are exceptions for new landscapes. During the first 10 days after installation, you may water once a day; for day 11 through 20, once every other day; and for day 21 through 30, once every third day.

• Do not wash motor vehicles, motorbikes, boats and other vehicles except during these hours on your designated watering days. Only use a bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle. (Exception: Commercial car washes, service stations and vehicles such as garbage trucks and those used to transport food and perishables.)

• Limit filling or refilling indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools or Jacuzzi-type pools except on designated watering days and during designated watering hours.

• Don’t operate ornamental fountains or ponds unless it is necessary to support aquatic life or the ponds are equipped with a re-circulation system.

• Limit water use from hydrants to fire fighting and related activities. Exception is possible for construction purposes.

• Limit irrigation of golf course fairways to designated outdoor water use days and between hours of midnight and 10 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and midnight. Exception: Irrigation of golf course greens and tees is allowed every other day if a plan is filed and approved by LCRA. These restrictions don’t apply if the golf course uses an alternate water supply, such as reclaimed water, rainwater or gray water.

• Restaurants are urged to serve water to patrons only upon request.

• Do not wash down sidewalks, walkways, driveways and other hard-surfaced areas.

* Outdoor water is permitted at any time if it is by means of a hand-held hose, a faucet-filled bucket or a watering canof five gallons or less.

You can contact the City of Pflugerville to report any violations to the ordinance, including automatic or hose-end sprinklers that are watering on the wrong day, leaking, or creating runoff into the streets. Report violations to the City of Pflugerville by calling 512-251-4004.

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Implements Mandatory Water Restrictions

Due to continued drought conditions in Central Texas, LCRA has placed all of their water users, including the City of Pflugerville, under mandatory Stage Two water rationing restrictions.

The water that the City of Pflugerville pumps out of the Colorado River and into Lake Pflugerville actually starts in the Highland Lakes – Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis and Austin. During a time of drought, the water that is released from Buchanan and Travis does not replenish easily due to the lack of rain and runoff, therefore severely lowering the lake levels. Therefore, if the LCRA implements a water rationing program, all entities that receive water from the lower Colorado River are directly affected and have to implement the same program, including the City of Pflugerville.



Cedar Park water restrictions by Justin Wilson
July 30, 2011, 11:18 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The information below is Cedar Park’s watering restrictions. This information was taken from the City of Cedar park website. Please follow these guidelines to help conserve.

TWICE A WEEK SCHEDULE
Twice A Week Watering Schedule 2011

Cedar Park has switched from a once every 5-day watering schedule, to twice a week. Following this schedule will help make it easier to follow and result in lower peak day demands.

While this is voluntarily, you are asked to water only on your assigned days before 10:00 am or after 7:00 pm. Just find the last number of your street address in the first column, and then read across to find out your watering days.

Last # of Address

Days to Water

0,2,4,6 or 8

Thursday and Sunday

1,3,5,7 or 9

Wednesday and Saturday

All Commercial Customers

Tuesday and Friday



Austin Water restrictions by Justin Wilson
July 30, 2011, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Austin water restrictions

City of Austin is currently in stage 1 watering restrictions. Read more about this stage below from the city of Austin website.

Stage 1 water use schedule currently in effect

June 21, 2011

Stage 1 water use rules are now in effect.

Austin Water reminds its customers to remain mindful about their water use as Central Texas continues to experience drought conditions.

Stage 1 water restrictions remain in effect for all Austin Water customers. Stage 1 restrictions require all residential and commercial customers adhere to the two-day a week watering schedule.

All outdoor watering must be done before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

Residential customers with addresses ending in an even number can water on Thursday and Sunday.

Residential customers whose addresses end in an odd number can water on Wednesday and Saturday.

Commercial and multifamily customers can water on Tuesday and Friday.

Additional details on Stage 1 restrictions can be found at waterwiseaustin.org.

There are three triggers to move to Stage 2 water restrictions:

peak day usage for Austin reaches 270 million gallons a day (mgd) in one day

260 mgd for three consecutive days.

There is also a lake-level trigger when Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis combined levels reach 900,000 acre feet.

Austin Water peak day usage for the month of May did not exceed 182 mgd, well below the stage 2 trigger. Combined lake levels of Buchanan and Travis are currently at 1.4 million acre feet. LCRA does not expect to reach the 900,000 acre feet trigger this year unless there is no significant rainfall. However, without rain, LCRA predicts the lakes could fall below 900,000 acre feet this fall.

Stage 2 restrictions include outdoor watering restricted to once a week on the designated watering day unless using a handheld hose or bucket along with other restrictions including but not limited to car washing, outdoor fountains, not serving water at restaurants unless requested by a customer.

Austin Water commends the community for its water conservation efforts during the past year. Becoming a waterwise customer is easy-just know your 3Cs, Commit, Calculate and Conserve. Commit to a waterwise lifestyle, calculate water usage with Austin Water’s online calculator and conserve 10 percent on your daily water usage.



chisholm trail water restrictions by Justin Wilson
July 30, 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: chisholm trail water restrictions

This information was taken from Chisholm trail’s website on 7.30.11. We are in a very serious drought. Please follow the requested schedule below. Call us if you need sprinkler repair today!

Effective immediately, all Chisholm Trail Special Utility District Customers are prohibited from using landscape irrigation systems, automatic sprinkler systems, and hose-end sprinklers at all times. Customers can use manually held hoses only during their designated watering days and times (no more than twice per week).

EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES
Monday and Thursday
12:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES
Tuesday and Friday
12:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Additionally, the washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, and other types of mobile equipment and the filling of swimming pools and Jacuzzi tubs is prohibited. Charity carwashes are prohibited. Fountains and other ornamental water use devices are also prohibited. Violators are subject to immediate disconnection of water service and a $200 fee for reinstatement of service will be required. For additional information please call the District office at (254) 793-3103 or visit the website at http://www.ctusd.org.



Georgetown watering restrictions by Justin Wilson

This is Georgetown’s watering schedule. This information is from the City of Georgetown’s website.

Summer Watering Plan
In the months when outdoor water use is highest, mandatory outdoor water use restrictions are in effect for City of Georgetown water customers. The purpose of these restrictions is to conserve the City’s water supply in the months when outdoor water use is the highest.

Mandatory Water Restrictions
Starting on May 1 and lasting through September 30, the following restrictions apply to outdoor water use for the City of Georgetown water customers.

Water no more than 3 times a week with no watering permitted on Mondays.

Follow this schedule for irrigation systems and sprinklers, based on the last digit of your address number:

Odd addresses
Tuesday and/or Thursday and/or Saturday

Even addresses
Wednesday and/or Friday and/or Sunday

Watering is not permitted during the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Watering with a hand-held hose or bucket can be done any time of day.

The use of irrigation systems and/or automatic sprinklers (i.e. not hand held) is not allowed at any time of day on Monday.

Violations of these restrictions may result in fines.

Applying for an Exception (Variance)
If you need to apply for an exception, please complete the Drought Contingency Plan Variance application, and submit it to gus@georgetown.org.

Irrigation Controllers
If you need assistance resetting your irrigation controller (sprinkler system), you can call (512) 930-3555.

Recommended
Irrigation start times for automatic irrigation controllers are based upon the last digit of the customer address as follows:

Last digit: Start time:
0 or 8 12 a.m.
1 or 9 1 a.m.
2 2 a.m.
3 3 a.m.
4 4 a.m.
5 5 a.m.
6 6 a.m.
7 7 a.m.

Summer Water Conservation Rates
The summer conservation rates were changed to add an additional rate for very high use and with a minor adjustment to the first rate tier. Conservation rates now apply to small commercial customers. The rates are in effect for usage May through October (June through October 31 billings).

Monthly Water Use (Rate per thousand gallons)

Inside City Limits Outside City Limits
0 – 18,000 gallons $2.25 $2.60
19,000 – 29,000 gallons $3.00 $3.35
30,000 – 39,000 gallons $4.50 $4.85
40,000 – 74,000 gallons $6.00 $6.35
75,000 gallons or more $7.50 $7.85

Sign up for AquaAlerts
You may be able to receive automated AquaAlert emails from the City’s AquaMessenger system when your monthly use exceeds a pre-set level. AquaAlerts may not be available in all areas. Sign up by calling the Utility Billing Office at (512) 930-3640 or go to the online AquaMessenger Sign-up Page . You may also fill out the form, print it and mail the form to: Utility Billing Office, 300-1 Industrial Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626.

This service isn’t available in all areas. When you register, you will receive an email indicate whether your account is eligible.



Round Rock Water restrictions by Justin Wilson

These are Round Rock water restrictions and current scheduling information. This information is provided from the City of Round Rocks website.

The summer watering schedule encourages customers to water only twice a week or less on designated days. It is important to water on your days between midnight and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and midnight to avoid losing most of your water to wind and evaporation in the heat of the day.

Summer Watering Schedule

Property Type

Watering Day

Commercial/Multifamily/Industrial/Institutional/Municipal

Tuesday and/or Friday

Residential: Odd-numbered address

Wednesday and/or Saturday

Residential: Even-numbered address

Thursday and/or Sunday

Residents are asked not to water on Mondays because it is the designated water plant recharge day. Hand watering can be done on any day at any time.

This schedule is in place to help spread out the amount of water used daily. If everyone watered every day, the demand on the current water system would be enormous. By only watering as needed and watering deeply (1-inch per week or 1/2-inch twice per week), lawns establish deeper, stronger root systems — ultimately both the lawn and the water system benefit.

This schedule is currently voluntary as we are in Stage I water restrictions.

Outdoor Irrigation Tips

Outdoor water use accounts for the majority of Round Rock’s water consumption during the summer months, as a city our water use can easily triple. This is where the majority of our water savings opportunities are, since outdoor use is discretionary.

The most important consideration when watering is simply to use common sense!
Typically, an irrigation system will use between 1,000 – 3,000 gallons of water each time it waters the yard. This translates to 8,000 – 24,000 gallons per month.
If you are concerned about your water usage, you can schedule a free irrigation system evaluation by licensed City staff at 671-2872 or jwoods@round-rock.tx.us. Staff will determine how many gallons your current schedule uses, provide a recommended watering schedule, and recommend any system upgrades that may benefit your yard. Staff will not make repairs.
Irrigate twice per week, if needed, according to the watering schedule during summer months. You may be able to water less if your yard has good, deep soil, is shady, and/or you do not water on a set schedule currently. Meaning: water only when the plants show stress.
The landscape can (and should) tolerate some stress, which will help build up its drought tolerance.
An easy way to see if your turf needs water is to walk across it. If you can still see your footprints after 15 seconds then it needs water.
Water before the sun has risen or after it has set. Evaporation losses are up to 60% higher during the heat of the day.
The most ideal time is early morning, because if there is “extra” water on the plant, it will evaporate once the sun comes up. Foliage left wet for over 8 hours is susceptible to disease.
Avoid watering on windy days, as most of the water will be blown off your property. Wind speeds tend to be lower when the sun is down–another good reason to water at night.
Automatic irrigation systems are a great convenience, unfortunately they are also the reason our city’s water usage increases dramatically in the summer months. The majority (50-60%) of our water is used for irrigation during the summer months! Please be smart when using them, change the schedules with the seasons, turn off during rain events and winter months and check them monthly to ensure they are operating efficiently (i.e. no broken or misaligned heads).
Turn irrigation systems off when it is raining (and prior to a rain event) and leave off several days after a significant (more than 1/2″) rain event.
Click here for recommended runtimes for irrigation systems.
If you’ve lost (or never had) a users manual for your irrigation controller, download it here.
Install a rain shut-off device (at right) and a freeze sensor on automatic irrigation systems. Check them annually to ensure they are working.
Make sure your irrigation system is operating efficiently. Have a FREE irrigation system evaluation by state of Texas licensed irrigator, Water Conservation staff. Contact staff at 671-2872.
Adjust water schedule seasonally. This cannot be stressed enough. Do not simply turn on the system and forget it.
Spring (March-May) and Fall (October) schedules can be 1/2 of the summer schedule.
Turn irrigation system off during winter (December thru February). Water manually if needed. Irrigating during the winter months usually is not necessary, due to the regular rain events and wastewater averaging.
Water your grass thoroughly to a depth of 4-6 inches. This helps make the grass more drought tolerant by allowing roots to grow deeper.
It only takes one inch of water to penetrate to this depth. To determine how long it takes to water one inch, put out several tuna fish cans, cat food cans, jellyroll pan (or any flat-sided container) on the yard and turn on the water. Let the water run for 20 minutes (or whatever time you choose). After this time, measure how much water is in the can. Now you know it takes 20 minutes to water 1/2 inch (or whatever measurement you came up with).
Drip, soaker hoses, or individual spray emitters are ideal for keeping water close to roots of the plant, where the plant needs it, rather than spraying into the air and on the leaves.
Adjust sprinklers to ONLY water the lawn, not sidewalks and driveways.
Purchase a hose timer (pictured) to use for garden hoses, if you are prone to forgetting to turn it off. It works like an egg timer where you set how many minutes you want it to run and it cuts the water off after that time. You will still need to go and shut the water off on the spigot at some point though.
Water Wise Landscaping

When installing new plants, they will need to be watered more frequently than established plants. It’s best to water these by hand, as an automatic irrigation system won’t provide enough water during this critical establishment period.
Recommendations for irrigating new landscape
Don’t Cut Grass Too Low If the lawnmower is set higher, the longer grass can help shade the ground, hold moisture longer and help to fight off heat. We recommend cutting grass 1/2 to 3/4 inch at a time.
Ideal heights for grasses are: St. Augustine grass 2-3″, Bermuda 1.5-2″, Zoysia 1.5-2″ and Buffalo 2-3″.
Re-Use Grass Clippings Leaving the grass clippings on the ground can serve as mulch and fertilizer all-in-one. And it’s free. Chemical fertilizers may not be needed during summer months.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch. Use mulch wherever possible around trees, in shrub beds, even potted plants, mulching to a depth of 3-6 inches. However you do not want to mulch to be mounded next to the trunk of the plant, often called “volcano mulching.” It should be more saucer shaped so water will not run off or away from the plant. A flat mat of mulch allows the water to sink in.

Since mulch breaks down, it should be applied annually. For free mulch, if you are a City of Round Rock water customer, contact our Brush Recycling Center. Mulch also prevents weed growth, retains water, and insulates the soil and plant during cooler months.

Collect Rainwater. Take advantage of rain events as much as possible. It’s free! Rainwater is always better for plants than the treated tap water, mainly due to its nitrogen content.
The City sells 55-gallon repurposed barrels (see picture at right) for use as rain barrels for $25 per barrel. They are available on a limited basis to City of Round Rock water customers. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Anja Thissen by email or by calling 218-5559.
Rain barrels and tanks can also be purchased from area retailers, such as Tank Town (Dripping Springs), Hwy 290 Supply (Dripping Springs), Timber Tanks (Dripping Springs), and EcoWise (Austin).
Rainwater harvesting components are tax-exempt.
Overwatering or watering turf to its saturation point does not leave space at the top of your soil to be able to take in rain, even when it is unexpected. When it is watered each time to its saturation point, the free, good rainwater will simply runoff your yard.
Use the collected rainwater on gardens, potted plants, beds, refill ponds and birdbaths.
Good links for rainwater harvesting (rwh):
The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting from the Texas Water Development Board to learn how to install your own rainwater harvesting system.
The AgriLife Extension office offers good information on RWH at their website too.
Texas Rainwater Catchment Association
Native landscape. Established shrubs and native plants require less water than turf. Visit the City of Austin’s Grow Green website for fantastic list and photos of plants native and adaptive to the Central Texas area.
Install the right plant in the right location: observe amount of sunlight, drainage issues, slope
If plant becomes sickly, simply pull it out and try again with a different plant, rather than using a lot of chemicals to save it. Chemicals may kill the beneficial insects, as well as cause more problems.
Compost.
Shady areas. Water shady areas less than areas more exposed to the sun.
Some ways the City of Round Rock is conserving water:

Summer Watering Schedule
Utilizing the City’s Water Wise Program
Providing simple, effective water-savings tips
Utilizing a Water Re-Use Program
Tiered Water Rates in the summer months
Rain Barrel sales
Free irrigation system evaluations
Irrigation System Rebates
Rebate Programs for Efficient Fixtures (as of March 18, 2011, toilet rebate has ended)
Drought Management

Drought is a hazard of nature that we can’t prevent. If you have spent any time in Texas, you probably have experienced summer drought conditions. Drought originates from a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of time and results in water shortages. The impacts on the City result from the interplay between the natural event (no rain), and the demand people place on the water supply. Drought from lack of rainfall is unpreventable, therefore it is vital for the City to plan for the effects it will have on the use and allocation of water in order for the City to meet its ultimate water demand.

City of Round Rock Drought Contingency Plan (PDF)

City of Round Rock Water Conservation Plan (PDF)

City of Round Rock is a WaterSense Partner

The City of Round Rock is committed to protecting the future of our regional and local water supply through water efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we have partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices to use less water—and perform as well or better than existing products.

Why Should You Care?

Using water efficiently will prolong current supplies for future generations.

Protecting and preserving the nation’s water supply is critical to our economic future and human health.
WaterSense labeled products and services perform as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts.
Purchasing WaterSense labeled products can help you protect the environment and help you save money on utility bills.
WaterSense labeled toilets, showerheads, and bathroom and kitchen faucets are available at a store near you! At the store, look for the WaterSense label on the product box and/or display. EPA maintains a comprehensive online directory of labeled products on the WaterSense web site.

Indoor Water Tips

Indoor water use is considered essential for health, so while you cannot stop using water altogether, you can use it more efficiently though your appliances and behavior changes.

Install Water Efficient Appliances

Toilets are the main source of water use inside, around 30% of household water usage. High-efficiency toilets (HETs) use 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) or less, and can save 4,000 gallons per year. Look for WaterSense labeled models when replacing yours. Toilets purchased and installed since 1996 are already efficient toilets, using 1.6 gpf, which is the current standard set by the EPA.

Showerheads installed in the 1980’s use 3-4 gallons per minute (gpm) Some newer models are available that only use 1.5 gpm! Current standards require that showerheads use 2.5 gpm.

High-efficiency, front-loading clothes washers use 35 to 55% less water, 50% less energy, and less detergent and are gentler on clothes.

Hot water on demand systems are growing in popularity. While they do not actually save much water, they do reduce energy costs, as the hot water is not heated 24-hours a day, but only when it is needed. Look for an Energy Star model if you opt to install one at your property.

In the bathroom

Install efficient showerheads that use less than 2.5 gpm. Look for models that have the WaterSense label.
Install faucet aerators that use 1.0 gpm or less. Again, look for WaterSense labeled models.
Turn water off while brushing and washing your hands.
Take shorter showers and take a shower instead of a bath.
Toilets are often the cause of high water usage due to flapper leaks. If you suspect yours is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank (back part) of the toilet. Do not flush. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Look at the water in the bowl (part you sit on), if the food color has appeared here then your flapper is leaking. The easiest way to fix this is to replace the flapper–be sure to note the brand and model of your toilet when you go to purchase a new flapper to ensure a proper fit.
In the kitchen

Wash dishes in the dishwasher, rather than hand washing, even if not completely full. New models use less water and energy than hand washing.
Fill the sink with soapy water instead of letting water run continuously, if hand washing.
Install an efficient aerator on kitchen faucet that uses 2.5 gpm or less.
When thawing out frozen food, plan ahead and put food in the refrigerator the day before to thaw or set food in a bowl or sink full of warm water, rather than under a running faucet.
Water softeners

Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary
Turn off while on vacation
Ensure you have the proper size for your household.

Leaks

If you suspect you have a leak, make sure no water is running inside (washers are off, etc.). Go outside and locate your water meter, typically it’s on the edge of your property in a box with a metal lid. There are usually two meters inside, yours and your neighbors. Yours is the one closest to your property. If you are able to open the lid, look at the face of the meter, it is similar to a car’s odometer. Watch it for five minutes. If the red, orange, or black triangle, or silver star (depending on the brand of meter you have, see picture to right) moves during this time, then water is going through the meter, which means something is using water on your property. You will need to call a plumber to locate the leak and repair it.

You can call the City at 218-5555 to request a leak check on your meter.

For more information on Water Conservation please contact
Jessica Woods at (512) 671-2872 or via email

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