Victoria goes into first stage of Drought Contingency Plan

Camille Doty

May 27, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.

Angi Salinas, 43, Victoria, homemaker

Angi Salinas, 43, Victoria, homemaker

Victoria residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce water use for non-essential purposes and to practice water conservation measures.

The city of Victoria has initiated Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan, according to a news release from the city.

Victorians who were interviewed knew little to nothing about the restriction.

Angi Salinas said she didn't know about it until the interview. But the 43-year-old homemaker said she probably would limit her water intake.

"I would do less gardening and fill up gallons of drinking water at a time," she said.

Some residents, like Susie Simmons, said she heard about it but forgot.

"I will water my garden less," the 71-year-old said.

Simmons said she thought she was doing her part by only watering twice a week. But, she's willing to do less.

Simmons' friend, Jane King, said she heard about the restriction but the story didn't stick. The 67-year-old retiree said the city should give ideas to conserve.

She said she waters her yard twice a day, every other day and she said she's willing to do less.

King and Simmons said they still have to water their yard to keep the foundation from shifting. However, they said they understand the city's water supply is in dire straits.

The restrictions are necessary because of the river level.

The Guadalupe River flow is below its normal level for this time of year. Under its 1998 surface water permit, the city must limit its pumping to no more than 10 percent of the river flow when the level of the river is below normal.

The city recently amended its Drought Contingency Plan to enable it to withstand a longer duration drought. This ordinance revision was approved at the May 17 city council meeting and 10 days had to pass before the ordinance could take effect.

The city will remain in Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow in the Guadalupe River rises to a normal level for 14 consecutive days or until the river level falls to its minimum level for this time of the year, at which time the city would enter Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan.

For more information, contact the city's Public Works Department at 361-485-3381.



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