TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas – Several western Travis County communities, including Dripping Springs, will be under emergency stage 4 water restrictions while a water main is moved.

The Western Travis County Public Utility Agency (WTCPUA) said the 20-inch water main along U.S. 290 just west of Nutty Brown Road will be taken out of service Dec. 7 so crews can move it for the Belterra Commercial Project. Between 8 a.m. Dec. 6 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8, WTCPUA customers west of Nutty Brown Road will be required to eliminate non-essential water usage. The City of Dripping Springs, Highpointe, Reunion Ranch, Sawyer Ranch, Rimrock, Hays County WCID #1 and #2, and Headwaters are included in the restriction.

WTCPUA said stage 4 restrictions includes the following measures:

- Irrigation of landscaped areas is prohibited.
- Use of water for the irrigation of golf course greens, tees, and fairways is prohibited unless the golf course uses an alternative water supply source, such as reclaimed water, rainwater, or gray water.
- Use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to firefighting and activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare only.

“Stage 4 restrictions will allow us to conserve water until the relocation is completed,” said Robert Pugh, General Manager of the WTCPUA, in a statement. “The PUA follows a strict protocol to ensure water is available to our customers in the event of a major project of this nature.”

WTCPUA added it issues such restrictions during water emergencies that include water main relocations, major water line breaks or pump system failures that impact its ability to provide water service. Customers with questions can call WTCPUA customer service at 512-263-0125.