George Town water users banned from watering in hot weather

The City of Georgetown has announced that effective immediately, water utility customers should not water lawns or landscaping during the heat of the day (noon to 7 p.m.)

The order comes as the city said it has entered the first phase of its drought contingency plan, in response to the Brazos River Authority entering the first phase of the Georgetown Lake drought watch.

Additionally, Georgetown Water customers are required to adhere to a two-day watering schedule and avoid watering their lawns on Mondays. Irrigation schedules for two days a week throughout the year are based on the last digit of the street address. The watering schedule can be seen below or posted online here.

Irrigation is not allowed on Monday because Monday is a maintenance and restoration day for the water system. To balance the needs of the water system, the two-day program will water six days a week. Watering can be done anytime, anywhere with a hand-held hose or bucket. Other outdoor water use, like washing a car or filling a swimming pool, can be done at any time of the day.

Violating irrigation schedules and watering in hot weather can result in fines. Officials say the city isn’t running out of water, but say protection during the hottest and driest time of the year helps ensure water is available to all who need it. It also helps ensure an adequate water supply during the hot summer months.

Georgetown Lake is on a Phase 1 drought watch due to drought conditions in parts of the Brazos River Basin and the drought trigger levels set by the BRA Drought Contingency Plan. As of March 23, Georgetown Lake was 76 percent full, according to authorities. Williamson County is also in moderate drought, according to a March 18 update from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

During the summer months, 75 percent of the drinking water the city processes every day is used to irrigate lawns and landscaping, officials said. Following your city’s two-day watering schedule and adjusting your irrigation run times can help conserve water and keep your lawn healthy.

Officials say the best time to water lawns and landscapes is in the early hours after midnight. This allows water to seep into the soil and reach the roots of grass and plants. Watering in hot weather should be avoided, as most of the water from the sprinkler will evaporate and be wasted.

For help setting up your irrigation controller, call Customer Service at 512-930-3640.

George Town has several ongoing water utility expansion projects to help meet the needs of its growing population. This includes the expansion of the North Lake water treatment plant, which is expected to be completed by summer 2023, and the construction of the South Lake water treatment plant, which will be operational in 2025.

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