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Drought Level 1 watering restrictions take effect Aug. 1. http://bit.ly/2NXzBkM

 

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Drought Level 1 takes effect Aug. 1

The City Council has enacted Drought Level 1 restrictions that limit outside watering to once every seven days and no more than 1 inch per week, effective Thursday, Aug. 1.

The change from watering twice to once a week is dictated by the City’s drought contingency ordinance, which mandates the tighter restriction when San Angelo’s available water supply slips to 24 months. Twenty-four months is a worst-case scenario that assumes no rainfall or runoff into San Angelo’s reservoirs over that two-year span.

“San Angelo has for years now embraced water conservation, realizing how vital an adequate water supply is for the continued growth of our community,” Mayor Brenda Gunter said. “We are now asking our citizens to be even more mindful about their water usage and to redouble their conservation efforts. In short, we all need to do our part and be water-smart.”

Currently, the City’s primary water source, Ivie Reservoir, is at 15 percent of its capacity. Twin Buttes and O.C. Fisher reservoirs are at 9 percent and 7 percent of their capacities, respectively. Lake Nasworthy is at 81 percent of its capacity. The City is also using about 1.5 million gallons per day from the Hickory Aquifer.  

Year to date, San Angelo has recorded 9.68 inches of rainfall – 1.61 inches below normal. The area has been plagued with triple-digit heat since May.

The use of water sprinklers and handheld hoses is prohibited from noon-6 p.m. when evaporation rates are highest. Drip irrigation can be used any time of day, but should not exceed 1 inch per week. Under the drought ordinance, golf course greens may be watered daily from 6 p.m. until noon the following day.

Water runoff of more than 150 feet from a property is always prohibited.

Residential users who use more than 3,000 gallons per month also face higher charges. Usage of 3,000-15,000 gallons will be charged at 1.05 times the regular rate. The rate for usage of 16,000-39,000 gallons is 1.1 times the normal rate. For usage of more than 39,000 gallons, the multiplier is 1.2 times the normal rate.

While the watering restrictions require customers to conserve water, the Drought Level 1 surcharge is meant to encourage consumers to be more mindful of their usage to stretch the community’s water supply as far as possible.

Should San Angelo slip to Drought Level 3, which is triggered by 12 months of available water supply, outdoor watering would be prohibited and higher rate multipliers for usage would be triggered.

To report a watering violation, call the Code Compliance office at 325-657-4409, visit cosatx.us/water, email rudy.ibarra@cosatx.us, or message the City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page. Reports should include the address, the time of day, the nature of the violation and, if available, photos.

Water Conservation 

The Water Conservation division educates the public on how it can make the most efficient use of San Angelo's public water supply in an effort to conserve and preserve the community's most precious natural resource.

Current drought level

The City is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to no more than twice every seven days and no more than 1 inch per week. Watering is prohibited from noon-6 p.m., as is runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch. 

Report watering violations by clicking on this link or calling 325-657-4409. Do your part; be water smart! 

Drought Level 1

In effect when the city has less than 24 months of available water supply.

Prohibited watering hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Allowable watering days: Once every seven days up to 1 inch per week. Landscape or foundation watering with a drip irrigation system such as a soaker hose, deep root watering system, drip pipe or tape, or bubbler shall be permitted on any day and at any time of day provided that the total amount of water applied shall not exceed 1 inch per week.

Hand watering of lawns, gardens, landscape areas, trees, shrubs or other plants being grown outdoors or foundations may be done on any day, except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to 6 p.m., provided the allowable application rate of 1 inch per week is not exceeded.

Golf course greens may be watered daily except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to 6 p.m.

Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is always prohibited, as is the failure to repair a controllable leak.

Additional fees: The following multipliers will be assessed to the charge for the amount of water used when the City enters Drought Level 1

  • Landscape: 1.1
  • Nonresidential: 1.05
  • Residential users: 
    • Usage from 0 to 2,000 gallons: none
    • Usage from 3,000 to 15,000 gallons: 1.05
    • Usage from 16,000 to 39,000 gallons: 1.1
    • Usage over 39,000 gallons: 1.2
  • Fire hydrants and untreated water: none

Water Conservation Videos

 Water conservation tips with John Begnaud:

 

Water conservation tips

  • Toilet leaks can be silent. Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
    • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
    • If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
  • Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets and showerheads.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks. It’s simple, inexpensive and you can save 140 gallons a week.
  • Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses.
  • Leave lawn clippings on your grass. This cools the ground and holds in moisture. But don’t let this suffocate your lawn.
  • Select plants that match your climate and site conditions.
  • Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every 6 inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.
  • Sprinklers should spray large drops close to the ground, rather than a fog or mist, which can be blown away by wind.
  • Watering plants deeply but infrequently encourages deep root growth and drought tolerance.

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