Outdoor watering limits in Georgetown are returning to normal for the first time in 19 months due to recent rains. Yesterday the Brazos River Authority lifted drought declarations for all lakes and reservoirs in the Brazos River basin, including Lake Georgetown and Stillhouse Hollow Lake. As a result, the City of Georgetown is exiting the city’s Drought Contingency Plan.
Rains over the Memorial Day weekend raised the level of Lake Georgetown 20 feet to 800 feet, which is nine feet above the full level. Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which is another source of water for the city, is at the full level, having risen 10 feet since Sunday.
Effective today, the watering limit for Georgetown customers returns to three times each week, according to the odd-even schedule outlined below. The City of Round Rock and Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District, each of which draw water from Lake Georgetown, also are returning to normal watering schedules today.
While drought contingency restrictions have been lifted, water conservation is strongly encouraged. Based on historical patterns, drought conditions will likely re-emerge in the future and could persist for some time.
Normal Watering Schedule
Water no more than three times each week, and follow this schedule for irrigation systems and sprinklers, based on the last digit of your address number:
Tuesday and/or Thursday and/or Saturday
Wednesday and/or Friday and/or Sunday
Watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted any time on Monday. Violations of these restrictions may result in fines.
Watering with a hand-held hose or bucket or using drip irrigation can be done any day and any time of day. Washing a vehicle can be done any day at any time.
Watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is not recommended during the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The City encourages customers to set the start time for automatic irrigation controllers based on the last digit of the customer address as follows:
|Last digit of street address:||Start time:|
|0 or 8||12 a.m.|
|1 or 9||1 a.m.|
These start times are only for customers with automatic irrigation controllers. Residents and business owners with movable sprinklers do not have to follow the irrigation start times, but should follow the mandatory rules for watering days, and avoid watering during the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or any time on Monday.
Sign up for AquaAlerts
The Aqua Messenger program allows water utility customers to receive Aqua Alert emails each month at up to three water consumption levels. The trigger points are set by the customer and can be changed at any time. Sign up online at water.georgetown.org or call Customer Care at (512) 930-3640.