Statesman.com reports. The city of Austin has decided to go to Stage 1 watering restrictions (we've been in Stage 2 since September 6th, 2011), because the lakes have seen higher levels.
The biggest difference between
Stage 2 and Stage 1 is that you can now run a sprinkler system twice a
week. Restaurants can also serve customers water instead of having to
wait for the customer to ask. Travis County is still under severe
drought conditions, but because winter and spring were wetter than
expected and replenished lakes Travis and Buchanan a little bit, and the
forecast is for more rain, the restrictions were eased.
concern was that Austin's trees need more water and were under duress
because of the dry conditions. 1,200 trees on city land are estimated
to have died last year due to the drought. New conservation policies
will likely be passed in August to make tree watering easier in a
drought. It will allow people to install a drip irrigation system which
they can use whenever they want. This is because the drip irrigation
systems are much better at getting water to trees and waste a lot less.
twice a week watering will now only allow people to water before 5am
and after 7pm to prevent water being lost to evaporation. Under the old
rules, watering was allowed until 10am.
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