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City Corner column: Water restrictions still in place

Sept. 18, 2011 at 4:18 a.m.
Updated Sept. 19, 2011 at 4:19 a.m.


By Jennifer Sourdellia

Is the city of Victoria still under a water usage restriction? If so, when will the restriction be lifted?

Yes, city residents are still being urged to restrict their water usage as the drought and dry weather continues. Stage II of the City's Drought Contingency Plan was initiated in July, at which time the flow of the Guadalupe River had dropped below 300-cubic-feet per second.

The water usage restriction will be lifted when the flow of the Guadalupe River remains above 300-cubic-feet per second and returns to normal for 14 consecutive days. Until that time, residents are reminded of the following restrictions:

Watering the lawn with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems is limited between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight. Residents can water their lawn at anytime using a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a hand-held bucket or watering can of five gallons or less, or a drip irrigation system.

Washing any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is prohibited except between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m. and between 6 and 10 p.m. using a hand-held bucket or hand held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle. Vehicles can be done at any time at a commercial car wash or commercial service station,

Using water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight.

Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to firefighting related activities or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety and welfare.

Residents are asked to practice water conservation at every opportunity. Here are some water conservation tips:

  1. Water the lawn only when necessary.

  2. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.

  3. To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.

  4. Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.

  5. Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.

  6. Do not water too frequently or over-water. A one and a half inch of water, applied once a week, will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.

For a more comprehensive list of water conservation practices, visit the city's website at victoriatx.org.

When is the concert and dance conducted by the Victoria Crime Stoppers being held?

Be sure and mark your calendar for the Victoria Crime Stoppers Community Awareness Concert and Dance on Thursday at the Victoria Community Center. The doors will open at 6 p.m. You don't want to miss this event featuring music by Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band, and members of George Strait's Ace in the Hole Band.

There will also be opportunities to participate in live and silent auctions for a variety of unique items, including an open cockpit biplane ride; a paranormal ghost tour of Fossati's Deli; a guided fishing trip for six and a one-night stay in Rockport; two guest passes to George Strait's Shreveport, La., concert, including a two-night stay in the El Dorado Hotel and Casino; a George Strait autographed guitar and hat; a cocktail party for 25 guests at Greek Bros., and much more.

Proceeds will benefit Victoria Crime Stoppers, Inc., a nonprofit program that features a crime or wanted person through the local media outlets and offers a toll-free tip line for callers to anonymously report wanted persons. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest and charges filed in a criminal case, or the arrest of a wanted person can yield a reward of up to $1,000.

Presale tickets are $15 each, two for $25, or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Cavenders Boot City, Collins Music Center, High Brehm Hats & Western Wear and Victoria Insurance Group.

For more information, contact Det. John Luna at 361-485-3757.

Do you have a question about the City of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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