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Mandatory water restrictions Wednesday, official says

By Brian Cuaron
July 5, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.


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The city of Victoria will likely implement mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday.

Lynn Short, director of public works, said he anticipated calling for stage 2 of the city's drought contingency plan, which includes the mandatory restrictions.

The trigger point for the mandatory water restrictions was whether the city would be allowed to continue pumping water from the Guadalupe River.

However, as of July, the city could only draw water from the river if it maintained a water flow of at least 300 cubic feet per second.

Short said the city is experiencing a severe drought. Yet he said that the recent rain has helped keep the water flow hovering around 300 cubic feet per second over the weekend.

As a result, up to Tuesday, the city had been able to draw from the river.

Previously, the city had anticipated that it would enter stage 2 on July 1.

"Today, however, we have not been able to pump," Short told the city council on Tuesday.

He said that the water flow was in the low 200s. As a result, he expected the city to enter stage 2 Wednesday morning.

The penalty for breaking the water restrictions would be a citation of up to $500, said Thomas Gwosdz, city attorney.

Below are some of the mandatory water restrictions that residents can expect:

Landscape irrigation: Limited between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 8 p.m. to midnight.

NOTE: You can water your lawn at any time by using a hand-held hose equipped with a cut-off nozzle. You can also use a hand-held 5-gallon bucket, or a drip irrigation system.

Washing vehicles: Limited between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

NOTE: This doesn't apply to a commercial car wash.

Refilling pools: Limited between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 8 p.m. to midnight.

Golf course irrigation: Limited between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 8 p.m. to midnight.

Water from hydrants: Limited to public welfare use, like fire fighting or flushing of water.

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