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City Rolls Back Stage II Water Restrictions

Post Date:09/14/2018 8:00 AM

VICTORIA – Recent rains means the Guadalupe River has risen enough to move the City from Stage Two to Stage One, under which 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.

Stage One (Voluntary Water Conservation) of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018. 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.

Under Stage One of the plan, 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.    Watering the lawn early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporative loss.

3.    Using a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.

4.    To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.

5.    Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.

6.    Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.

7.    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.

8.    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.

9.    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.

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

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