That means the use of water is severely restricted. This is the first time restrictions that serious have been in effect in Beeville in years.
That means residential customers can only water their lawns and gardens on the days that the garbage trucks from Republic Services are in town to empty the trash toters.
Also, yard watering is not allowed at all between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., when the summer heat increases the evaporation rate.
No person may allow water to run off their property into the street or storm drains, and no customer may allow water to flow constantly through a hydrant or valve.
For commercial customers, yard and garden watering is allowed only on Tuesdays for properties east of Washington Street and on Thursdays for properties west of Washington Street.
Car washing also is limited to the days that yard watering is allowed unless the person washing the vehicle takes it to a commercial car wash.
Car washing at home must be done with a hand-held hose with a positive shutoff nozzle for a quick rinse.
Hand-held irrigation is allowed at any time and on any day of the week, and drip irrigation systems may be used if the system is equipped with a shutoff nozzle.
Residential and commercial fountains and waterfalls located indoors will not be restricted, but commercial fountains must be granted a variance permit to operate.
Water hydrants may be used for construction purposes, but contractors must obtain a special permit from City Hall.
Firefighters and public health officials may use fire hydrants for their specific purposes or for safety or welfare. That includes the draining of dead-end water mains.
Water also may be used to maintain the integrity of building foundations on any day as long as it is done by using a hand-held or drip hose.
Swimming pools may be filled only on designated watering days.
A special permit is now required to wash buildings and sidewalks except for business purposes or in the interest of public health safety.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.