City Initiates Stage III of Drought Contingency Plan
(VICTORIA, TEXAS) The flow on the Guadalupe River has remained low throughout August and into September requiring the City to initiate its groundwater exchange program. This program requires the City to implement Stage III of its Drought Contingency Plan. Despite the recent rainfall received, the City of Victoria, as well as other communities in our region, is well below the annual rainfall average and the Guadalupe River flow remains well below its normal average for this time of year.
Due to continued drought conditions and lack of rainfall over the summer months, the Stage III restrictions go into effect on Sept. 11, 2014. The following restrictions apply under Stage III:
In Stage 3, it shall be unlawful for water customers to fail to comply with the following restrictions:
- Irrigation of landscaped areas (including golf course greens) with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Designated Water Days (Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even numbered street addresses and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with odd numbered street addresses), and irrigation of landscaped areas are further limited to the hours of between 6 am and 10 am and between 8 pm and midnight on Designated Watering Days. However, irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted at anytime by means of a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, hand-held bucket or watering can of five (5) gallons or less, or drip irrigation system.
- Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is prohibited except between the hours of 6 am and 10 am and between 6 pm and 10 pm. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle. Washing of vehicles can be done at any time at a commercial car wash or commercial service station. Further, such washing may be exempted from these regulations if the health, safety, and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables.
- Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except between the hours of 6 am and 10 am and 8 pm and midnight.
- Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting related activities or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except that use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under special permit from the City of Victoria.
- Golf course tees and fairways shall not be watered unless the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the city.
- Ornamental fountains or pools for aesthetic or scenic purposes may not be operated except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.
- Restaurants may not serve water to patrons except when requested.
- Water may not be used to:
- Wash sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas.
- Wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection.
- Control dust.
- Flush gutters.
- Water shall not be permitted to run or accumulate in any gutter or street.
- Controllable leaks shall be repaired within fifteen (15) days after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s).
In addition to the water restrictions listed above, citizens are asked to practice water conservation at every opportunity. Water conservation practices include such measures as:
- Watering the lawn only when it is necessary. Learn to know when grass needs watering. If it has turned a dull gray-green or if footprints remain visible, it is time to water.
- Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.
- To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.
- Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.
- Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.
- Do not water too frequently. Too much water can overload the soil so that air cannot get to the roots and can encourage plant diseases.
- Do not over-water. Soil can absorb only so much moisture and the rest simply runs off. A timer will help, and either a kitchen timer or an alarm clock will do. An inch and one-half of water, applied once a week, will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.
For a more comprehensive list of water conservation practices, citizens are encouraged to visit the city’s website at www.victoriatx.org.
The City will remain in Stage III of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow of the Guadalupe River rises to the point where Groundwater Exchange is not needed for a period of 14 consecutive days.
Customers wishing to seek an exception for new plantings, initial pool fills, or pressure washing in advance of painting or for health and safety reasons may contact the Public Works Department at 361 / 485-3381.
For more information, visit the City of Victoria’s website at www.victoriatx.org or contact the Public Works Department at 485-3381.