City of Victoria implements stage one water restrictions

Under stage 1, residents are asked to practice voluntary water conservation measures

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VICTORIA, Texas – The City of Victoria has entered stage one water restrictions to reduce the need for pumping and avoid overuse of the backup reservoirs. Residents are encouraged to conserve water due to low rainfall upstream the Guadalupe River.

Resident should practice voluntary water conservation measures to save water as the river has fallen below its normal level for this time of year.

Under the City’s 1998 surface water permit, the City must limit its pumping to no more than 10% of the river flow when the river level is below normal. The City’s water system includes multiple backup reservoirs the City can draw from if the demand for water exceeds the pumping limit.

In a press release city leaders recommended these tips to help conserve water:

· Do not over-water your lawn. An inch of water, applied once a week, will keep most Texas grasses healthy.

· To avoid evaporation, water your lawn early in the morning or late in the evening. Turn soaker holes so the holes are on the bottom. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops rather than a fine mist.

· Water slowly for better absorption.

· Never water on windy days.

· Raise the cutting height on your lawnmower to make your lawn more drought-resistant.

The City’s drought contingency plan helps ensure a consistent water supply by indicating when the City must take steps to conserve water.