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Stage 2 of Drought Contingency Plan begins June 1

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Due to the persistent drought conditions, the City will enter into Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan beginning June 1, 2014.

Mandatory irrigation restrictions associated with Stage 2 include:

• Landscape irrigation allowed only once per week

• No irrigation can occur between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

• Irrigation must be limited to 1 ½ inches of water per week

• Irrigation must be without significant runoff

• New plant material may be irrigated more frequently for a limited time if a variance request is applied for and approved by the City (go to water.mylubbock.us and view variance link for more information)

• Hand watering (holding the water hose in your hand), drip irrigation, and soaker hoses are allowed at any time on any day

• Everyone connected to the City's water system must adhere to restrictions

Irrigation schedules will be based on the last digit of the house/business address as follows:

0 or 9 Monday

1 Tuesday

2 Wednesday

3 or 4 Thursday

5 or 6 Friday

7 or 8 Saturday

Mandatory "non-essential water use" restrictions associated with Stage 2 include:

Refrain from or significantly limit water used for washing any motor vehicle

• No spray down of hard surfaced areas

• No spray down of buildings

• No flushing gutters

• Refrain from or significantly limit the use of water in fountains or ponds except to support aquatic life

The City implemented Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan in 2006 due to low water levels in Lake Meredith.

By 2011, the entire state of Texas entered into another drought cycle which has lasted several years.

National weather forecasts predict that the drought could continue through this summer. At the end of summer, City officials will re-evaluate the decision and determine whether to remain in Stage 2. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, the City will move to Stage 2 of its drought contingency plan.

Lubbock is fortunate to have a diversified water supply. Approximately 80% of our water supply consists of groundwater from the City-owned Bailey County Well Field and the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority's well field in Roberts County. The other 20% of our water supply consists of surface water from Lake Alan Henry. This lake is approximately 60% of its total capacity. While our surface water and groundwater supplies are reliable sources of water given our current usage, delivery capacity could be a problem during the summer months if demand increases dramatically.

The City of Lubbock asks that all residents and businesses be considerate and efficient with their water usage in an effort to conserve water and reduce overall demand so we can preserve our water supplies for many decades to come.

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