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For Immediate Release                         For More information:                                          

July 2, 2013                                            Public Works/Engineering: 485-3340


City Initiates Stage II of Drought Contingency Plan


(VICTORIA, TEXAS) The flow on the Guadalupe River has dropped below 300 cubic feet per second requiring the City to initiating Stage II of its Drought Contingency Plan beginning Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

The following restrictions apply under Stage II:

(a)  Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to between the hours of 6 am and 10 am and between 8 pm and 12:00 midnight.  However, irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted at anytime if it is by means of 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.

(b) 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 8 pm and 10 pm. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or hand held hose equipped with a positive shutoff 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.

(c)  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 between 8 pm and 12:00 midnight..

(d) 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.

(e)  Use of water for the irrigation of golf course greens, tees, and fairways is prohibited except between the hours of 6 am and 10 am and between 8 pm and 12:00 midnight. However, if the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the City of Victoria, the facility shall not be subject to these regulations.

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:


  1. 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.
  2. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.
  3. To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.
  4. Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.
  5. Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 II of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow of the Guadalupe River remains above 300 cubic feet per second for a period of 14 consecutive days. Stage I will then be initiated until the flow in the Guadalupe River returns to normal for 14 consecutive days.

For more information, visit the City of Victoria’s website at www.victoriatx.org or contact the Public Works Department at 485-3381.