Tyler implements second phase of mandatory drought measures

 Tyler implements second phase of mandatory drought measures

POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:36am

Effective Tuesday, Dec. 13, the City of Tyler Water Utilities Department is implementing “Step Two” of the Drought Contingency Measures as outlined in Article X (Water Conservation/Emergency Demand Management Plan) and Article VIII of the City of Tyler Code of Ordinances.

“Although the City has experienced some rain events in the last month, it has not been enough precipitation to refill our reservoirs,” said Water Utilities Managing Director Greg Morgan. “We feel that because of the dry weather conditions we have been experiencing in the last year and the predictions of a dry spring and summer in the upcoming year, it is in the best interest of Tyler’s long term planning efforts to take this action at this time.”

The City implemented Stage One drought measures in early October of this year which called for voluntary restrictions of residential water use.

Step Two drought measures call for mandatory water conservation measures to prohibit water waste. Water waste is defined as washing house windows, sidings, eaves and roof with a hose (without the use of a bucket); washing driveways, streets, curbs and gutters, washing vehicles without a cut-off valve and bucket; unattended sprinkling of landscape shrubs and grass; and filling of swimming pools.

Outdoor water usage, such as irrigation of landscaped areas, is limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) or Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9). Additionally, irrigation should be done between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Use of hand-held hoses, watering cans and drip systems for irrigation may be done at any time.

The goal of the Step Two drought measures is to reduce water consumption by 10 percent.

“The State of Texas as well as the entire country is taking a close look at water use and conservation,” added Morgan. “We need to make sure we are doing what we can to prepare for the future.”.

From City of Tyler

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A study made in the 1960's showed Tyler could sustain a city of 500,000 people on well water alone. It seems as if our city is located atop 600' of freshwater sands in the Weches Formation. Hydrology studies conducted then would apply now without any need for further expenditure.

Quick! Everybody get a rain barrel while there's still some winter rain to catch!

Maybe we should get used to growing plants that thrive in desert environments.

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