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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Stage 2 Drought Contingency in Effect

STAGE 2 Drought Contingency Plan in Effect

The City of Fair Oaks Ranch is initiating Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan effective June 15, 2022, in response to current water levels. If current conditions continue, we will rapidly exceed triggers for Stage 2 shifting us into Stage 3...


 

RELEASE DATE: 

June 15, 2022

Stage 2 Drought Contingency in Effect

(Severe Water Shortage Conditions)

 

Public Service Announcement No. 1

The City of Fair Oaks Ranch is initiating Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan effective June 15, 2022, in response to current water levels.  If current conditions continue, we will rapidly exceed triggers for Stage 2 shifting us into Stage 3 if action is not taken now.  

The decision to initiate Stage 2 was authorized by the City Manager in concurrence with the Mayor due to reports that the City’s water tanks are struggling to refill and keep up with current usage demands. Although, the system is currently sustaining operable levels it is facing some challenges keeping up with the high demand of water consumption rates. The City is proactively planning preventative measures including the initiation of Stage 2 in order to alleviate stress on the system.    

Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan stated that you must reduce the use of all nonessential water, landscaping permits were rescinded, and no new permits were allowed, and surcharges for consumption over 25,000 gallons were put into place.  

Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan will include all of the above with the addition of ornamental water fountain usage being banned, use of water from fire hydrants will be limited, and the threshold for surcharges related to consumption will be lowered to 18,000.  The change regarding surcharges for consumption will begin July 1, 2022.  

As a part of this preventative plan, the City is asking residents to adhere to City Ordinance Section 13.06.006 regarding the Year-Round watering schedule to help conserve the City’s precious water supply.  This includes but is not limited to watering only on your allowed designated dates and times; watering only ONCE a week between the hours of Midnight to 10am  OR from 8pm to Midnight; and ensuring that you are NOT watering on the weekends. Other ways to voluntarily conserve water may include:

  1. Watering by hand instead of using irrigation systems and limit watering to every other week.
  2. Stop using water for non-landscaping related tasks such as washing driveways, sidewalks, etc.
  3. Check to make sure your sprinklers are positioned appropriately.

The City will continue to share details with the community as conditions change. Comments and inquiries can be directed to Kelsey Delgado, Environmental Program Manager, at 210-698-0900 or by email at kdelgado@fairoaksranchtx.org.


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