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BURNET — After almost two years of mandatory water restrictions, city of Burnet residents can relax a bit. On Aug. 12, the city moved to Stage 1 restrictions, which call for voluntary measures.

City officials are asking residents to still conserve water. Though late spring and early summer rains helped bring up the water tables — both in reservoirs and subsurface — the Highland Lakes has endured more than a month without significant rain. This coupled with high temperatures leads to higher evaporation losses.

The Stage 1 water conservation measures ask residents to participate in a five-day water schedule for outdoor uses and only water on designated days.

For addresses ending in the numbers 1 or 2, the watering day is Monday; for addresses ending in numbers 3 and 4, the watering day is Tuesday; for addresses ending in numbers 5 and 6, the watering day is Wednesday; for addresses ending in numbers 7 and 8, the watering day is Thursday; and for addresses ending in numbers 9 and 0, the watering day is Friday.

The city asks residents not to water from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. because of the high level of evaporation caused by the heat. If people do choose to water during these hours, officials recommend residents use a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, a hand-held bucket or a drip-irrigation system.

While outside uses include washing automobiles, trailers and similar items, residents are asked not to do this during the above hours as well.

Officials also discourage “water waste” use that includes allowing water to run off into gutters, ditches, drains or the street right of way; failing to fix a controllable leak; and washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas (except to alleviate immediate health or fire hazards.)

Across the Highland Lakes, several communities are still under mandatory water conservation measures. The city of Marble Falls remains under Stage 2 (limiting residents to watering twice a week based on addresses and prohibiting watering from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

The city of Llano is under Stage 1 voluntary water use restrictions. Officials ask residents to only water twice a week on days based on addresses or types of property.

Like Marble Falls, Llano residents are asked to avoid watering from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Meadowlakes residents are under voluntary restrictions as well, while Cottonwood Shores residents are under Stage 2 restrictions.

Check out the different city and community website pages for more information.