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Mandatory Water Conservation
Drought Contingency Ordinance
At the June 25, 2013 Council Meeting - Item 4, the City Council adopted an ordinance for the drought contingency plan, establishing rates and surcharges and administrative penalty for violations of the rationing provisions.

To report a violation, please contact the Public Works Department:  512-990-6400 or email.

Stage III - Mandatory Water Conservation Schedule
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Effective August 19, 2013 the City of Pflugerville will enforce Stage III Water Restrictions. 

Mandatory Water Conservation Once-a-Week Outdoor Watering Schedule:
0 or 1    Monday
2 or 3    Tuesday
4 or 5    Wednesday
6 or 7    Thursday
8 or 9    Friday 
Hand watering is permitted Monday through Sunday between the hours of 12 midnight and 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight but only with a hand-held positive shutoff nozzle or bucket. Car washing is permitted at commercial facilities only.

New Lawn Installation:  (a) For the first ten days after installation, once a day;
                                     (b) For day 11 through 20 after installation, once every other day
                                     (c) For day 21 through 30 after installation, once every third day

Watering Enforcement:  Customers will receive warnings prior to facing administrative fees.
•    First violation – customer given a yellow violation notice and information on the water schedule.
•    Second violation – customer given a red notice, letter from the city outlining the water violation and a visit from city staff to discuss how to conserve and comply with the water restrictions.
•    Third violation – customer will receive a letter from the city and a $100 administrative fee added to the customer’s water bill.
•    Final notice – customer will be sent a certified letter from the city notifying them that their water will be disconnected. There is a $50 reconnect fee that must be paid before the water service is reconnected.
The restrictions allow watering of lawns, landscapes and foundations, but only on designated days and before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Car washing is only allowed at a commercial facility.

The goal of Stage III Water Conservation is to reduce the use of water and avoid going to Stage IV. Mandatory conservation is based upon the amount of acre feet of water storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan as Pflugerville receives water from these lakes via the Colorado River.

During a time of drought, the water that is released from Buchanan and Travis does not replenish easily due to the lack of rain and runoff. When the LCRA implements a water-rationing program, all entities that receive water from the lower Colorado River are directly affected and have to implement the same program, including the City of Pflugerville.

According to the LCRA, the mandatory water schedule is designed to reduce water consumption and peak demand. Customers may benefit from lower utility bills as a result of using less water.

The City and LCRA

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The water Pflugerville pumps out of the Colorado River and into Lake Pflugerville actually starts in the Highland Lakes - Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis and Austin. During a time of drought, the water that is released from Buchanan and Travis does not replenish easily due to the lack of rain and runoff, therefore severely lowering the lake levels. Therefore, if the LCRA implements a water rationing program, all entities that receive water from the lower Colorado River are directly affected and have to implement the same program, including the City of Pflugerville.

Pictures provided by the Lower Colorado River Authority in February 2013 showing drought conditions.