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April 24th, 2008
Kyle calls for ‘Stage 1’ water restrictions

STAFF REPORT

KYLE – If it’s spring, it must be time for water rationing. It’s already that time in Kyle.

The city has announced that Stage 1 of its water conservation plan will go into effect on May 1. Per the city’s water conservation ordinance, Stage 1 automatically goes into effect May 1 through Sept. 30, the months of peak water demand.

Stage 1 simply restricts the use of permanently installed outdoor irrigation or sprinkler systems to between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. This stage does not require a specific day for watering, but residents are asked to restrict their watering as much as possible.

“The City of Kyle has invested heavily in the water and wastewater systems and has worked to diversify the supply of water into the city,” said Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis. “This ensures that there is ample supply of water for our homes, businesses and schools. However, we are all compelled to do our part to help the environment and do our part to conserve water.”

The prohibition does not apply to irrigation of a new landscape, if the owner provides notice to the city manager or his designee at least one day before the installation. Nor does it apply during a repair or testing of a new or existing irrigation system, provided the person doing the testing is present. The restriction also exempts watering of nursery stock, including potted plants, shrubs and trees at a commercial plant nursery.

But the restrictions could run deeper as the summer unfolds. According to the city’s announcement of Stage 1, “This year’s dry winter and spring may require additional restrictions should Kyle’s water supplier’s call for pumping restrictions.”

The ordinance stipulates that any person who receives water service directly or indirectly from the City of Kyle must comply with Stage-1 use management regulations when they are in effect.

Residents are also encouraged to implement other water saving practices in and around their homes. These practices include: the use of Ultra-low flush toilets and low-flow shower heads, watering yards only when grass begins to show stress, and checking for water leaks in the yard as well as leaking facets in the home.

Complete information on the status of water management in the City of Kyle is available on the City’s web site at www.cityofkyle.com.

“The City of Kyle has invested heavily in the water and wastewater systems and has worked to diversify the supply of water into the city,” said Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis. “This ensures that there is ample supply of water for our homes, businesses and schools. However, we are all compelled to do our part to help the environment and do our part to conserve water.”

 I want to thank the citizens of Kyle for their continue support of our water plans and their stewardship of our environment.”

Complete information on the status of water management in the City of Kyle is available on the City’s web site at www.cityofkyle.com.

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