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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Stage 1 Drought Watch

Stage One

In March, the Brazos River Authority implemented Stage 1 Drought Conditions.  

Per the District’s Drought Contingency Plan, if a JCSUD Regional Water Provider imposes action, the District must initiate our Drought Contingency Plan.  Therefore effective immediately and until further notice, the District is implementing Stage 1 – Drought Watch Conditions.

Stage 1 raises customer awareness for conservation and requires a restriction or reduction of water use.   

Stage 1-Drought Watch Conditions are as follows for all water users:

    Mandatory restrictions on non-essential water use are as follows:

  • Prohibit hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, patios, or other impervious surfaces, except to alleviate immediate health hazard.
  • Prohibit hosing of buildings or other structures for purposes other than fire protection or surface preparation prior to painting.
  • Prohibit using water in such a manner as to allow runoff.

    Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems at each service address to a twice per week schedule.

    Establishing new turf is discouraged.  If new hydro-mulch, grass sod, or grass seed is installed, there are no watering restrictions for the first 30 days while it is being established.  After that, the watering restrictions set forth in this stage apply.

    Washing of any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle shall be limited to the use of a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.  Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station.  Further, such washing may be exempt from these requirements if the health, safety, and welfare of the public are contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables. 

    Encourage reduction in frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools.

    Encourage use of Texas native and drought-tolerant plants in landscaping.

Stage 1-Drought Watch Conditions are as follows for Commercial or Industrial use:

    All actions listed above for all water users apply to commercial and industrial users.

    Landscape watering of parks, golf courses, and sports fields is restricted to twice per week watering schedule, per irrigation station. 

    Stock at commercial plant nurseries is exempt from Stage 1 watering restrictions.

    Hotels, restaurants, and bars are encouraged to serve drinking water to patrons on an “on demand” basis.

  • Hotels are encouraged to implement laundry conservation measures by encouraging patrons to reuse linens and towels.

This Notice is timely made to inform you that the District will monitor the drought conditions.  Should the conditions change, the District General Manager will terminate the Stage 1-Water Watch or implement Stage 2-Drought Warning.  Customers are urged to be mindful of water conservation and voluntarily reduce usage where practical.

Click here for more information and details regarding JCSUD’s Drought Contingency Plan, or you may call (817) 760-5200 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in making every drop count.

Pete Kampfer
General Manager

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