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August 12th, 2008
City of Kyle Blog: City asks residents to be mindful of water restrictions

STAFF REPORT

The truly dog days of summer are here, bringing the hottest and driest Texas weather.

Even though this is the time when yards scream for water the most, Kyle officials say this is also the time when city residents need to conserve the water the most.       

The City of Kyle issued Stage 2 water management, and a twice per week watering calendar, on June 21. Water customers responded by drastically reducing their water usage.

But during the last couple weeks, according to Kyle officials, the city has begun to see water usage spike up again. Kyle officials are asking residents to be mindful of their designated days and hours.        

Homes with odd-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Wednesday and/or Saturday. Even numbered addresses are permitted to water on Thursday and/or Sunday. Businesses and multi-family complexes are permitted water on Tuesday and/or Friday.

Watering is permitted on designated days only during the hours before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Automatic irrigation systems may only operated between the hours of midnight and 10 a.m.

Failure to comply with the water management ordinance can result in the city issuing fines to violators.

The restrictions are mandatory for all City of Kyle water customers. The city is asking Kyle residents receiving water from other companies to contact their respective water suppliers for information regarding watering restrictions.

If water usage continues to increase, city officials say they may need to move to tighter restrictions and step up enforcement.

Kyle officials say they have diversified the water supply to provide adequately for the needs of businesses and residents. However, city officials say they need to continue conservation measures as the drought continues to worsen.

For more information, visit www.cityofkle.com

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One thought on “City of Kyle Blog: City asks residents to be mindful of water restrictions

  1. This is a serious problem for our future. Perhaps you read the article in the Austin Statesman this week about the top 10 residential water users (abusers) in Austin?
    With Lance Armstrong’s residence using almost a quarter million gallons per month, and with other Austin private mega-users not far behind, and with urban and suburban sprawl not only not being unrestricted but rather promoted by our leaders, is hard for the “normal” rest-of-us to really get interested in trying to save a gallon here and there. Some of the big users had fairly small properties. Maybe there needs to be some control over water use by private residences. For example, perhaps there should be a maximum allotment of water per acre, where those that exceed their allotment are charged big bucks (and I really mean big bucks) per hundred or per thousand gallons.

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