It's the third day of Stage two water restrictions for Lubbock and the city is reporting a good response so far.
The city has a maximum allowance of water used every day: 61.4 million gallons. If the usage exceeds that number for five days in a row, that will trigger moving into stage three water restrictions.
Stage two began on Sunday, April 1st and since then, 38.3 million gallons were used on Sunday and 32.9 million gallons were used on Monday. That's far below the 61.4 million gallons goal that the city has set.
However, Director of Water Resources Aubrey Spear says this isn't the peak time of the year for water usage. The summer months are clearly more strenuous on our water supply. That is why the city issued the restrictions early in the spring, so that residents could start preparing for the summer months.
The city also released numbers of the day to day usage compared to last year.
Monday there was 32.9 million gallons used by Lubbockites. A year ago, the city consumed 10 million gallons more and came in around 42.7 million gallons. Spear told us that those numbers aren't always able to depict a clear picture of the city's water conservation efforts because there are so many variables. Variables like temperature, high winds and events going on throughout the city change the outcome of those numbers.
Spear continued to say that he isn't extremely concerned that Lubbock will have to enter stage three and that these restrictions are not permanent. The city is just taking precautions to get us through the summer months until our other water resources become available.
The Stage 2 restrictions are:
Landscape irrigation may occur only between the hours of 6 p.m. – 10 a.m. from April 1 - September 30.
Landscape irrigation is restricted to one day per week. Irrigation schedules will be based on the last digit of the address:
1 – Tuesday
2 – Wednesday
3/4 – Thursday
5/6 – Friday
7/8 – Saturday
9/0 – Sunday
For example, 110 Main Street will water on Sunday
73 Pine Avenue will water on Thursday
5616 122nd Street will water on Friday
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