City Initiates Stage One of Drought Contingency Plan
Voluntary Water Conservation Encouraged
(VICTORIA, TEXAS) The City will initiate Stage One (Voluntary Water Conservation) of its Drought Contingency Plan on Tuesday, May 29 as the Guadalupe River flow is below its normal level for this time of year. Stage One of the City drought management plan urges residents to voluntarily reduce the use of water for non-essential purposes. Under its 1998 surface water permit, the City must limit its pumping to no more than 10% of the river flow when the level of the river is below normal.
“Victoria residents should conserve water every day, but be extra conscious of their water usage throughout these drier months of the year,” said Donald Reese, Director of Public Works.
Under Stage One of the plan, citizens are asked to voluntarily reduce the use of water for non-essential purposes and to practice water conservation measures to reduce the amount of water they are consuming.
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.
- Watering the lawn early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporative loss.
- 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 of water, applied once a week, will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.
- Raise the cutting height on your lawnmower. The longer blades of grass will provide shade for the root system and make the turf more drought resistant.
The City will remain in Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow in the Guadalupe River rises to a normal level for 14 consecutive days or until the river level falls to its minimum level for this time of the year, at which time the City would enter Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan.
For more information, visit the City of Victoria’s website at www.victoriatx.org or contact the Public Works Department at 485-3381.