Marble Falls implements more stringent water restrictions because of drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — The city of Marble Falls has instituted mandatory water-use restrictions Aug. 12 as drought conditions continue and the two reservoirs fell to their lowest levels in several decades.

City of Marble Falls residents now must follow Stage 2 water-restriction requirements that include limiting lawn irrigation to twice a week based on residential addresses. Users may only water between midnight and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and midnight on the relevant days.

According to the city, the watering days for odd-numbered residential addresses are Wednesdays and Saturdays and even-numbered residential addresses are Thursdays and Sundays.

Commercial addresses are Tuesdays and Fridays.

These are mandatory requirements, according to city officials.

However, hand watering is permitted at all times.

The restrictions also apply to washing vehicles and boats, filling or refilling swimming pools and similar items. Under the restrictions, restaurant employees cannot serve water to customers unless requested.

Nonessential uses such as washing down sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, buildings and structures (other than for immediate fire protection) are banned as is using water for dust control and flushing gutters.

According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, lakes Buchanan and Travis are only 35 percent full. These two lakes serve as water-supply reservoirs for more than a million Central Texas residents.

As of Aug. 14, lakes Buchanan and Travis held 697,732 acre-feet of water. This marks the third lowest combined storage of the two reservoirs since the completion of Mansfield Dam, which formed Lake Travis in 1942. Lake Buchanan was created in 1938.

The two lowest levels were 639,141 acre-feet on Sept. 16, 1964, and 621,221 acre-feet on Sept. 9, 1952.

Other cities, including Cottonwood Shores, also have implemented mandatory water restrictions.

Area residents should check with their city or water providers for the current drought-contingency steps.

Go to www.ci.marble-falls.tx.us for more information on the Marble Falls water restrictions or to www.lcra.org for up-to-date lake levels and drought conditions.

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