Water Conservation update
Even though the recent rainfall has helped increase water levels in the lakes, our lake levels are still at risk until the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approves the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA’s) revised Water Management Plan. Rest assured that we are monitoring progress of this plan closely, but the City of Cedar Park will not be making any changes to the watering schedule for at least 30 days. The revised plan is pending approval by the TCEQ with a final draft due in July and final approval expected in September or October.
It is important to understand that Lakes Travis and Buchanan are our drinking water sources, but the LCRA also releases water to rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin, downstream from Austin. The Water Management plan is a technical document or rule book used by LCRA to control these releases of water to farmers. The LCRA is required to use the Water Management Plan and changes must be approved by the TCEQ.
If the revised plan is not approved and we go back to the old plan, the Lakes could be back to historic low levels by next year. The current (old) plan is what triggered the massive releases of water in 2011 which caused Lake Travis to drop to its third lowest level in history. The revised plan would prevent the massive releases of water we saw in 2011.
You all have done a great job “Standing up to Drought,” reducing your usage by about 20 percent during this historic drought. As we work through this process, we are asking you to continue conserving our precious drinking water resource.
Please note that watering times are before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on your designated watering day. For example, if your watering day is Wednesday, you may water from 12:01 a.m.– 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday. Any watering conducted outside of these times could result in a fine assessed to your utility bill.
Due to sustained low lake levels, the City of Cedar Park entered Stage 3 Once-a-Week Watering Restrictions on August 1, 2013. Please bookmark this page, as pertinent information will be updated here regularly.
What does this mean?
As of August 1, 2013, Cedar Park is under Stage 3 watering restrictions, which limits outdoor irrigation with sprinklers to once per week before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.. The mandatory schedule is as follows:
Stage 3 Schedule for Outdoor Watering Using Sprinklers
Water customers east of Lakeline Boulevard:
If you are a commercial customer, you may water on Friday before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m..
If you are a residential customer with an "odd" numbered address, you may water on Saturday before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m..
If you are a residential customer with an "even" numbered address, you may water on Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
Water Customers west of Lakeline Boulevard and customers in Blockhouse Creek:
If you are a commercial customer, you may water on Tuesday before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m..
If you are a residential customer with an "odd" numbered address, you may water on Wednesday before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
If you are a residential customer with an "even" numbered address, you may water on Thursday before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
There are many other outdoor water practices that are affected by Stage 3 Watering Restrictions. Please review what is allowed and is not allowed during Stage 3:
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The City of Cedar Park is entering Stage 3 Watering Restrictions, effective August 1, 2013. The City understands this is a new way of using water outdoors. Staff is available to assist you with questions regarding the Stage 3 Watering Schedule. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 512-401-5308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need to Report Water Waste?
If you'd like to report water waste in our community, please call the anonymous Water Conservation Hotline at 512.401.5308 or email email@example.com with details of the alleged water violator.
Only designated City Staff may issue citations for water waste. However, when waste is reported from the community, the alleged water violator will receive an educational postcard in the mail informing them of the watering schedule and that water waste has been reported on the property. If an alleged water violator continues to waste water, City Staff will begin additional patrol in the area until the issue is resolved.
Information about Temporary Water Rate Adjustment
Once Lake Travis’ water levels decline to 618 feet, the LCRA will require the City to reduce its water consumption by 20%, which will impact the City’s Utility Fund. Many of the infrastructure costs in the Utility Fund, for example, costs associated with operating the City’s operating the water intake plant, are fixed and not elastic to reduced consumption. Because of this, the City is preparing for a $2 million revenue impact to the Utility Fund. To help offset this impact, residential and commercial water customers see a temporary water rate adjustment of 9% on their billing statements. For the average homeowner, this means an adjustment of about $3.81 per month. Once the City leaves Stage 3, the temporary water rate adjustment will be discontinued.