On September 4th, 2012, Austin Water announced that Stage 2 water restrictions were back in force as the water levels of Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan reached an unfortunately low threshold of water storage. We are back in drought-mode!
Following is a summary of those restrictions:
Irrigation days and times
Automatic Irrigation Systems: The AWU states that residential odd-numbered addresses with such systems can water only on Wednesday while residential even-numbered addresses can do so on Thursday, either before 5am or after 7pm. Commercial and multifamily odd-numbered addresses can water on Fridays while commercial and multifamily even-numbered addresses can water only on Tuesdays, again before 5am or after 7pm.
Hose-end Sprinklers: Odd-numbered residential addresses can water on Saturday, either before 10am or after 7pm. Even-numbered residential addresses are Sundays, before 10am or after 7pm.
Public schools with irrigation systems must water on Mondays only, before 5am or after 7pm.
Handheld hose and hand bucket watering is permitted at any time and on any day of the week.
Check out the other points that apply by visiting the Austin Water website.
You can download a PDF of information about the Stage 2 restrictions from the Austin Water website.
And Austin Water is working on enforcement too. You can get a fine from $475 and up if you don’t follow the rules. You get one warning and then a ticket.
At South Austin Irrigation, we believe that knowledge is power. If you notice that your irrigation system is either malfunctioning for leaking, we can help you fix the problem quickly so that you can steer clear of AWU penalties. Even if your system appears to be in good working order, we can inspect it to make sure it stays that way. We’re Austin’s irrigation experts!