News Review
Cedar Park proactively entering Stage 3 watering restrictions
Watering allowed once per week, schedules changing August 1
Posted Date: 7/12/2013 11:00 AM

For further information, visit www.cedarparktexas.gov/water.

Due to persistent low lake levels, the City of Cedar Park is proactively entering Stage 3 Watering Restrictions on August 1. This means outdoor watering is allowed only one day per week, according to assigned mandatory watering schedules. Watering schedules are also changing.

The City of Cedar Park is taking this proactive measure to extend our water supply, as low lake levels persist, and also to get people into the habit now of watering one day a week. Lake Travis is quickly approaching the 618-foot level that triggers the Stage 3 Watering Restrictions per our Drought Contingency Plan and mandated water use reductions by the LCRA, and rather than waiting and risking dipping below that minimum level, the City is entering Stage 3.

Katherine Woerner, Director of Community Affairs, who oversees the City of Cedar Park’s Resource Efficiency Division, says, “We are being responsible and proactive by entering Stage 3. It is very important that our customers get used to their new watering schedule now and adhere to it. Together, we can make it through this drought and not overburden our water supply and system.”

Woerner says that the City of Cedar Park will leave Stage 3 when lake levels rise for a sustained period of time, and in accordance with the conditions outlined in its Drought Contingency Plan and LCRA requirements.

Woerner adds, “While this spring’s rain showers have helped renew our yards and landscapes, the rainfall has not been hard enough and long enough to raise lake levels. This year is forecast to be yet another year of extreme drought conditions with below-average inflows into the lakes, and Central Texas continues to face potentially the worst drought on record.”

The new Stage 3 Watering Restrictions schedule, effective August 1, 2013, is as follows:

• Residents east of Lakeline Boulevard:
Odd addresses water on Saturday; even addresses water on Sunday; the permitted hours to water remain the same - before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

• Residents west of Lakeline Boulevard and in the Blockhouse subdivision:
Odd addresses water on Wednesday; even addresses water on Thursday; the permitted hours to water remain the same - before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

• Businesses east of Lakeline Boulevard:
Friday, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

• Businesses west of Lakeline:
Tuesday, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

• Using a handheld hose equipped with a positive pistol grip nozzle or other device that automatically shuts off water flow when the hose is not being used, or handheld buckets is permitted on any day and at any time

• Outdoor watering by drip irrigation or soaker hose is allowed only on designated
watering day

Customers must continue to refrain from water waste, according to the following regulations:

• Sprinkler systems must be in good working order; any leaks must be repaired
• Automobiles must be washed at a commercial car wash
• Operation of ornamental ponds and fountains is prohibited unless necessary to support
aquatic life
• Residents may not use water to wash sidewalks or driveways; Pressure washing is
prohibited
• Automatic fill of single-family residential pools should be turned off and the filling pools of should be limited to designated watering day; Public and HOA pools will remain open during Stage 3
• Residential recreational sprinkler devices such as “slip and slides” are prohibited

The City’s existing enforcement and administrative fining policy remains in place under Stage 3:
Violation

Residential

Customer

Commercial

Customer

First Violation

Warning Letter

Warning Letter

Second Violation within 12-month period from date of immediately preceding violation

$50

$200

Third Violation within 12-month period from date of immediately preceding violation

$100

$400

Fourth & Subsequent Violations within 12-month period from date of immediately preceding violation

 $200

$1,000

The City of Cedar Park is available to assist customers with any questions. The City has had very good results with residential and business customers following their watering schedules, and expects to have continued compliance as it enters this new phase of watering restrictions. For further information, visit www.cedarparktexas.gov/water.