Three Rivers agreed to mirror Corpus Christi’s drought contingency plan, and Corpus Christi implemented its Stage 2 on Dec. 6, according to Three Rivers City Manager Rosie Forehand.
“The watershed, the area where rainfall is critical to refill Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon, has received less than one-third of normal precipitation in the past year,” according to Forehand.
Now, the combined storage level of the reservoirs is less than 40 percent of capacity.
Here are the mandatory conservation measures as prescribed in Stage 2:
No irrigation or lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. unless an individual is using a hose by hand or a bucket; irrigation must not result in water runoff or overflow into storm drains; water may not run constantly through a tap, hydrant or valve; and defective plumbing, which results in water loss or leaks, must be repaired.
Also, certain conditions apply for large parcels (five or more acres) which must operate under a watering plan approved by the city of Three Rivers. And commercial nurseries must use hand-held devices, drip or sprinkler systems to irrigate stock.
Violations of these provisions may result in citations not to exceed $500 a day.
Forehand said the city of Three Rivers will begin enforcing the mandate Jan. 1.
Property owners and commercial operators are encouraged to test their irrigation and other plumbing systems during working hours to ensure any problems are identified and corrected.
City code enforcement, water department staff and other city employees will be identifying potential violations.
If the reservoir capacity continue to decline, State 3 drought contingency will be implemented when the combined capacity dips to 30 percent.
When that level is reached, additional restrictions would be added, allowing watering of lawns and landscapes only every five days. And the city manager could include more measures should conditions warrant.
For more information on the drought contingency plan, contact the city’s water department at 786-3436 or City Hall at 786-2528.