LLANO — As inflows from the Llano River continue to decrease and water temperatures remain warm, city of Llano officials have initiated Stage 4 water restrictions as of July 31.
Under Stage 4, all the restrictions from Stage 3 are in effect with several exceptions. According to the city website, residents and water customers can only use hand-held hoses to water trees, gardens, shrubs, potted plants, and foundations twice a week on designated water days. Those days outlined under Stage 3 are based on a resident’s or water customer’s address.
Those with even-numbered addresses can hand water on Thursday and/or Sunday; those with odd-numbered addresses can hand water on Wednesday and/or Saturday; and commercial, recreational, and multi-family residence water customers can hand water on Tuesday and/or Friday.
Even watering the Llano golf course greens must be done by hand under Stage 4 but could be curtailed altogether once a Priority Call for Water Rights is initiated by the city.
Stage 4 also prohibits using city water to wash vehicles of any type. And the use of city water to fill or refill pools and/or hot tubs is prohibited. Due to the city recommending people don’t swim in the Llano River at Robinson and Badu parks because of possible biological growth caused by low-water flows, the city might refill its pool at Robinson Park and operate the splash pad at Badu Park to provide a safe alternative.
City Manager Scott Edmonson said the city is beginning the process of calling for senior water rights (Priority Call for Water Rights) through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. On the Llano River, the city of Llano has senior water rights while others farther up the river have junior water rights. By initiating a Priority Call for Water Rights, the city of Llano is asking TCEQ to allow it to have priority over junior water rights holders.
According to the city’s website, “Based on conditions from 2011 Drought, it is recommended that the Priority Call for Water Rights should be made at the initiation of Stage 4 of this plan as an effort to prevent 0 (Llano River) flow. Once conditions are met to terminate Stage 4, the determination of when to terminate the Priority Call shall be made.”
Call (325) 248-4158 ext. 101 or go to cityofllano.com for more information about Stage 4 water restrictions.
LLANO — City officials have modified the Stage 3 water restrictions to prohibit sprinkler systems, and they’re recommending people don’t swim in the Llano River at Badu and Robinson parks.
Earlier in July, the city of Llano initiated Stage 3 water restrictions, which limit when water customers can water their landscaping as well as other activities that use water. Under Stage 3 restrictions, customers could use their sprinkler systems on the appropriate day, but officials have modified the rules to prohibit the systems.
Residents can still use hose-end sprinklers on the appropriate day. Hose-end watering is only allowed once a week on a day based on the resident’s or water customer’s address.
Addresses ending with a 0, 2, or 4 can water on Sunday; addresses ending with a 1 or 3 can water on Saturday; addresses ending with a 6 or 8 can water on Thursday; and addresses ending with a 5, 7, or 9 can water on Wednesday. Commercial and multi-family residence customers with even addresses can water on Tuesday, while those with odd addresses can water on Friday.
Residents and water customers can still use hand-held and drip-irrigation systems twice a week on designated days.
Those with even-numbered addresses can water on Thursday and/or Sunday; those with odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday and/or Saturday; and commercial, recreational, and multi-family residence water customers can water on Tuesday and/or Friday.
As for swimming in the river, Llano officials posted a statement on the city website: “Due to potential biological growth because of low flow conditions, swimming in the Llano River at Robison Park and Town Lake in Badu Park is strongly advised against.”
Two alternatives are the city pool at Robinson Park, located 2 miles west of downtown Llano on RR 152, and Matt and Doraliza Raglin Splash Pad at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive. The pool is open 1-7 p.m Tuesday-Sunday. General admission is $3 per person, but season passes are available. The splash pad is free and open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. every day through Oct. 1.