ROUND ROCK, TX -- Travel down St. Andrews Drive in the Forrest Creek neighborhood in the City of Round Rock, and lawn after lawn after lawn is lush, green, and well manicured.
In some neighborhoods, you would never know Texas is in the midst of its most severe one-year drought on record.
Eddie Byford hand waters his yard to save it from the brutal heat and drought.
“I am probably doing more watering this year than done before,” said Byford.
With no rain in site, new tougher water restrictions went into effect Tuesday.
The water restrictions are Stage 2 and mandatory for all City of Round Rock water customers.
It means homes with odd-numbered addresses can only water their lawn with sprinklers on Wednesday and Saturday. Even-numbered addresses water on Thursday and Sunday.
“My water bill has gone up 20 percent,” said Byford.
Hand watering is allowed anytime and any day under the new restrictions.
Michael Thane is the city's utilities director. He says customers are using water at levels he has never seen before.
“The demand has got to decrease,” said Thane. We are seeing record usage in the City of Round Rock. “We want to make sure we can make it through winter with our water supply.”
One home in the Forrest Creek neighborhood was already in violation Tuesday when its sprinklers turned on at 11 a.m. Under the ordinance, residents can only water their lawn in the evening and early morning on their designated day.
As far as enforcement, city officials say they will give residents warnings for the next few days, then issue fines that run anywhere from $50 up to $2,000. For a complete list of restrictions, click here.