GILL: ‘Until we get a break upstream, we still want to conserve’

City of Victoria remains under Stage III of its drought contingency plan

VICTORIA, Texas – The City of Victoria remains under Stage III of its drought contingency plan and reminds residents to continue to converse water.

At the Oct. 3 City Council Meeting, Public Works Director Ken Gill stated the City currently relies on its water reserves and alternate water permits to meet demand due to low flow on the Guadalupe River.

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Public Works Director Ken Gill

Gill released the following statement

“I encourage everybody, please conserve that water,” Gill said. “Until we get a break upstream, we still want to conserve.”

What must residents do to conserve water?

While under Stage III restrictions, residents must limit certain types of nonessential water usage to the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. This will help avoid water loss through evaporation. The following activities are limited to these times:

  • using an automatic lawn sprinkler or hose-end sprinkler
  • and filling pools and washing vehicles.

This restriction does not apply to commercial car washes and service stations. Resident can also water their lawns with hoses at any time of the day, as long as the hose has a positive shut-off nozzle.

Residents must also observe the following restrictions:

  • Sprinkler irrigation must be limited to designated watering days:

Addresses ending in an even number: Sundays and Thursdays

Addresses ending in an odd number: Saturdays and Wednesdays

  • Decorative fountains cannot be operated unless needed to keep fish alive or unless the fountain uses a recirculation system.
  • Water may not be used to wash paved surfaces or buildings, control dust or flush gutters.
  • Water customers who are directed to repair leaks must do so within 15 days.
  • Restaurants may not serve water unless it is requested.
  • Water may not be allowed to run or accumulate in any gutter or street.
  • Fire hydrants can only be used for firefighting and other essential activities.
  • Golf courses cannot be watered unless a different water source is used.

For more information about the drought contingency plan, visit www.victoriatx.gov/droughtplan or contact Public Works at 361-485-3380.

The City of Victoria provided the above information and photos.