Cedar Park enters stage 3 water restrictions

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and photojournalist Erin Coker

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Posted on August 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 11:38 PM

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The drought is taking its toll on water supplies and is making scarce resources even rarer. As of August 1, residents in Cedar Park can water their yards only one day a week.

The splash pad in Cedar Park is filled with kids on this hot summer day. Since the pad recycles its water, it's still up and running.

As area lakes reach dangerously low levels, the city is requiring homeowners and businesses to cut back by reducing the days they can water from two  to one.

"I like it to be conservative," said Deana Bowland, who lives in Cedar Park.

Bowland says although she worries about her yard, saving the water is more important.

"I think everybody should do their part. It's going to be sad for the landscape," she explained.

"I worry about my yard staying green, but I understand why they're doing it," said Cedar Park resident Erica Talasek.

On your designated day, you can water before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. If you're watering by hand, you can water any time.

"We've not watered more than once a week this entire season," said David Friedrichs, who lives in Austin.

Friedrichs says one day a week watering is already in place in Austin. He says it's actually not so bad.

"Watering once a week is effective and will keep your lawn and plants alive, and there are several things you can do to make that work for you," he explained.

The first violation is a warning. The second is $50, and it goes up from there.

"If everybody does their part, then we can make this work," Friedrichs said.

From Cedar Park to Austin or anywhere in Central Texas, Friedrichs says cutting back should be a top priority for everyone.

The city is also considering a 9 percent increase in the water rate, which would come out to about $3.81 a month for the average homeowner.

The new Stage 3 Watering Restrictions schedule in Cedar Park are 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.

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