Local SUDs implement Stage 1 of drought contingency plans for water conservation

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Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 8:01 PM CDT
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BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas (KBTX) - As excessive heat continues, a few local special utility districts are implementing Stage 1 of their Drought Contingency Plans due to the above average temperatures and high-water demand.

Wickson Creek Special Utility District and Wellborn Special Utility District have now put their Voluntary Water Use Restrictions in place.

For Wickson Creek Special Utility District:

  • If your street address ends with an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) limit irrigation times to Sundays and Thursdays. DO NOT irrigate between the hours of 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • If your street address ends with an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), limit irrigation times to Saturdays and Wednesdays. DO NOT irrigate between the hours of 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Assistant general manager, Kyle Eppler, said the time frames are in place because they found out most of their customers are irrigating at that time.

“That is the reason we put the 3 a.m. until 8 a.m. into place,” said Eppler. “That’s honestly where the whole problem started. When so many people are irrigating at the same time, it’s a huge issue and especially when the heat conditions are the way they are right now. So, we just really need our customers to not irrigate between those hours.”

Eppler said one factor that will help stage one of Wickson Creek’s drought contingency plan is for people to watch how often they water their plants.

“Some of our customers are watering three, four, five times a week... Those two days a week should be antiquate to keep your yard nice and healthy, you know to keep your landscape thriving,” said Eppler. “The other days may be a little excessive.”

Eppler said if people follow stage one restrictions, the probability for a stage two is less likely. A possible stage two will be discussed on Monday June 27.

For Wellborn Special Utility District:

  • Water customers are requested to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8), and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), and to irrigate landscapes only between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on designated watering days.

Both districts are asking customers to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.

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