Due to the excessively hot and dry weather pattern in the Texas Hill Country, the Boerne City Council of Boerne has announced Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions for Boerne water utility customers. “We must all do our part to limit outdoor water use as much as possible until we start getting some much needed rain,” city officials said.
Under the Stage 2 restrictions, Boerne Water Utility residential and commercial customers are required to limit the use of water for landscape irrigation. Customers are permitted to use individual sprinklers or sprinkler systems for lawns, gardens, or other landscaped areas on one designated weekday and only between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m.
“While the City of Boerne continues to have adequate total water supplies from three potable water sources, meeting the daily production peak can get very challenging when summer outdoor irrigation is typically highest,” reports Deputy City Manager Jeff Thompson.
“As daily potable water production rises toward four million gallons per day, this puts a significant strain on our water treatment system. Building a new treatment plant in the future, to handle increased peak production, will cost millions of dollars so Boerne Utilities is trying to delay that as long as possible. Reducing outdoor watering is the most effective way,” he added.
Designated watering days have been assigned according to the last number of the street address as follows:
LAST DIGIT OF STREET ADDRESS OUTDOOR WATERING DAYS
0 or 1
2 or 3
4 or 5
6 or 7
8 or 9
Stage 2 prohibits watering with irrigation systems or sprinklers more than once per week, however hand-held hoses and buckets may still be used any day of the week. As in Stage 1, this stage also requires Boerne Water Utility customers to curtail all non-essential outdoor water use and avoid any wasting of water.
“We are continuing to see outdoor water use rising steadily while we are in this dry and hot weather pattern,” Thompson. “Hopefully we will enjoy some rains as we move into the fall season, but until then we must all conserve our potable supplies for indoor usage.”
For a full list of the City of Boerne water conservation measures and/or restrictions by Stage, please contact the Utility Customer Service office at (830)249-9511 or view the City’s Conservation and Emergency Drought Management Plan online at www.boerne-tx.gov by looking for Chapter 22 (Utilities) of the Code of Ordinances.