Round Rock looking to tweak part of city’s drought plan

ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — With the summer months ahead, many cities are preparing for a stretch of dry weather. Round Rock, which is currently under Stage I drought restrictions, is looking to clarify their Drought Contingency Plan in case they have to move into Stage II and III.

Council members are expected to makes changes Thursday to the city’s Stage II watering schedule. Michael Thane, director of utilities for the City of Round Rock, said customers would only be allowed to water once a week, but the proposed change would split up the amount of users on those days to spread out the water usage.

For example, an odd numbered home with an automatic sprinkler system would water on Wednesday and people without an automatic sprinkler system would water on Saturday. People living in even numbered homes with a sprinkler system will water on Thursday, and those without a watering system would water on Sundays.

People would only be able to refill their pools based on what their water schedule. The new change would also allow water fountains that recirculate water to operate during Stage I, but they would not be allowed in Stage II.

The amendments to the current plan would also include what changes the triggers in Stage II, and include the combined storage of water of Lake Georgetown and Lake Stillhouse Hollow.

People in Round Rock can currently water up to two days a week under Stage I restrictions. Depending on their house number, even numbered homes can water on Thursdays and Sundays. Odd numbers can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Austin’s water restrictions are different. The days and times change depending on what type of irrigation you use. You can see a breakdown for houses, businesses and schools here.

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