Recent rain not enough to stop Stage 2 drought measures - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Recent rain not enough to stop Stage 2 drought measures

Lake Allen Henry (KCBD File Photo) Lake Allen Henry (KCBD File Photo)
GARZA COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

The rain we saw this Memorial Day weekend was great for Lubbock soil, but a major source of water for the city is still lower than normal, and that means tighter restrictions on water usage are still going into effect on Sunday.

Lake Alan Henry is about 50 miles southeast of Lubbock, in Garza County.

That area received around one or two inches of rain, which is less than half of the moisture we saw here in Lubbock.

Aubrey A. Spear is Director of Water Utilities for the City of Lubbock.

"Even though the lake levels did come up a few tenths of a foot, it really was not a significant increase in our water levels. So we're still at about 60 percent capacity at Lake Alan Henry," Spear said.

Spear says Lake Alan Henry is not the only reason for tighter water restrictions.

He says Lubbock's water consumption was sliced in half during yesterday's storms, but, as all of that rain dries up within the next week water consumption will once again climb.

That's why Stage 2 water restrictions will still go into effect on June 1.

That means you will only be able to water your yard once a week, and the amount of water used is limited to an inch and a half.

You cannot water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but there are exceptions for hand watering.

We have a full list of Stage 2 restrictions available here.

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