City requires residents to limit water use as drought persists

The city is entering Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan.

Victoria is requiring its residents to limit nonessential, outdoor water use to certain hours of the day as a summerlong drought continues and leaves the Guadalupe River below normal levels.

The city is entering Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan starting Friday. This stage mandates that residents restrict several types of water use — for things like washing cars or irrigating lawns — to certain hours of the day. Residents are asked to reduce their total water use and stop most nonessential outdoor uses between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., when the Texas sun is hottest.

Stage 2 requires residents to refrain from using automatic sprinklers, washing cars or other vehicles and refilling pools during the hottest hours of the day, according to a news release from the city. Cars can be washed any time of day at a professional car wash, according to the city’s news release. Violating the restrictions outlined in Stage 2 is unlawful under city code.

City officials first asked residents to adjust their water habits May 29, when the city entered Stage 1 of its drought plan.

Because the city draws its water supply from the Guadalupe River, officials ask residents to cut back on their usage when river levels drop below normal.

The goal of Stage 2 of the plan is to achieve a 5 percent reduction in the city’s overall water use.

Conditions in Victoria County were abnormally dry Thursday, according to data analyzed by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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