Barring big rains, stricter water rules could come in June

As we approach the four-year mark in the ongoing Central Texas drought, it now looks like conditions could get worse before they get better.

LCRA projections show, barring significant rains, we could surpass the worst drought ever recorded locally as soon as June. The “drought of record”, as it’s called, was in the early 1950s.

As of Tuesday evening, the combined storage in Lakes Travis and Buchanan stands at 36 percent of capacity.

In the City of Austin, stage 3 water restrictions kick in when the lakes drop below 30 percent of full.

But the stage 3 restrictions are not that different from the current stage 2 rules.

With current stage 2 restrictions in place, residents are allowed to use hose-end watering in their yard anytime between 7 PM and 10 AM. You can use sprinkler systems between 7 PM and 5 AM.

If Austin moves into stricter stage 3 restrictions, hose watering hours are cut down to three hours in the morning (7 AM – 10 AM) and from late-evening through dawn (7 PM – 5 AM); while sprinklers are only allowed between midnight and 6 AM. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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