Mandatory water restrictions delayed, official says
June 30, 2011 at 1:30 a.m.
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Victoria residents have received two gifts from the heavens: rain and a reprieve from mandatory water restrictions.
Lynn Short, director of public works, said the restrictions would probably start sometime next week. He said when the restrictions occur depends on the flow of the Guadalupe River.
The public works department had thought that stage 2 of its drought contingency plan, which includes mandatory water restrictions, would be enacted on Friday.
That was because the river's water flow was only 264 cubic feet per second on June 20. Starting in July, the water flow must be 300 cubic feet per second for the city to draw from it.
However, the water flow was at 302 cubic feet per second on Thursday, said Jimmy Roach, deputy director of public works.
Short said that the rain from last week has improved the situation.
The river's water flow must be less than 300 cubic feet per second for 24 hours for the city to be unable to draw from it this month, Short added.
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.