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City lifts mandatory water restrictions

Oct. 17, 2011 at 5:17 a.m.


Victoria lifted mandatory water restrictions Monday because the Guadalupe River was flowing better, a feature that determines if the city can draw its drinking water from it.

Mandatory water restrictions were triggered when the flow of the river got so low that the city had to dump water from the Gulf Coast Aquifer into the river before drawing from it. The river's flow remained at 150 cubic-feet per second since Oct. 1, allowing the city to not have to trade aquifer water for river water.

But the river's flow hasn't significantly increased, said Lynn Short, director of public works. Instead, the requirements for how much flow the river must have for the city to draw from it without trading in aquifer water fell from 300 cubic-feet per second in July and 200 cubic-feet per second in September.

Now, residents are asked to voluntarily restrict their water use in the following ways: water lawns only when necessary; turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom to avoid evaporation; water slowly; avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways; do not water too frequently; do not over water.

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