Last week the Empire-Tribune released a story about water usage and the ongoing drought in Dublin and Stephenville. In that story, the paper quoted several sources saying the Upper Leon River Municipal Water District was in 'Stage 1' drought conditions. On Thursday, Upper Leon River MWD declared 'Stage 2' drought conditions, meaning the water district is experiencing a moderate water shortage.
In the statement, the water district requested cities inform customers of the new restrictions in place. According to city officials in Dublin, customers will be required to comply with requirements and restrictions on certain non-essential water uses.
Some of those restrictions include:
Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic sprinkles limited to two days per week. Watering is prohibited between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day of the week due to high evaporation. Those irrigation via water well must place a sign on the property notifying that "irrigation is done by water well."
Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other type of vehicle is prohibited except between the hours of 7-9 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. on designated watering days.
Use of water to fill, refill or add to swimming pools, wading pools or jacuzzi-type pools except between the hours of 7-9 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. on designated watering days.
Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life and where such fountains or ponds are quipped with a recirculation system.
All restaurants are prohibited from serving water except upon request of the patron.
Other restrictions are available online or by going to Dublin City Hall.
Officials with the water district said 'Stage 2' restrictions are put in place when the water supply of Lake Proctor reaches 1,154 feet or if the reservoir is at or below 40 percent capacity and is expected to be reduced to 30 percent within the next 12-month period. 'Stage 2' restrictions can be rescinded when all of the conditions listed as triggering events have ceased to exist for a period of 30 days or is determined by the Upper Leon River MWD or the Brazos River Authority.
Dublin City Administrator Nancy Wooldridge said the city will officially declare 'Stage 2' this week.
City officials in Stephenville said the restrictions coming from the water district will be recognized by the city and information passed on to the city's customers this week and online.