Georgetown enters Stage 2 water restrictions



Bio | Email | Follow: @JessicaV_KVUE

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 26 at 11:30 AM

GEORGETOWN, Texas -- As the drought continues across Texas, more cities are enacting tougher water restrictions.

On Monday, Georgetown goes into Stage 2 water restrictions, which means watering only twice a week.

The schedule is based on the last digit of an address. Those ending in 0, 3, 5 or 8 can water on Tuesdays and/or Fridays. Addresses ending in 1, 7, or 9 can water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. Those ending in 2, 4, or 6 water on Thursdays and/or Sundays.

Watering is allowed only between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 a.m.

The restrictions apply to irrigation systems and sprinklers. Residents can still water by hand or bucket on any day.  The restrictions also apply to other water uses, including washing your vehicle or filling up a pool. Anyone caught violating the watering schedule could get a ticket.

"It's kind of scary if you really think about how long it is going on. You see the lake drying up, see things drying up and say 'where are we going to get our water from?' So people need to really save," Austin resident R.A. Medina said.

Georgetown relies on water from Lake Georgetown for much of its supply. Right now the lake is down nearly 25 feet. Lake Georgetown also serves Round Rock and several other Williamson County areas.

The Brazos River Authority along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manage the lake. The Brazos River Authority has three stages for drought control: Drought Watch, Warning and Emergency.

Officials say it could reach the second stage, Drought Warning, by early 2012 if drought conditions continue.