In Phase 2, residential and commercial watering is allowed once a week. Residential watering is allowed between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. on these days:
- Fridays: addresses ending in 1, 5, 9
- Wednesdays: addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8
- Sundays: addresses ending in 0, 3, 7
Commercial watering days differ from residential addresses:
- Tuesdays: addresses ending in 1, 5, 9
- Saturdays: addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8
- Thursdays: addresses ending in 0, 3, 7
Leander was under higher water restrictions due to a December pipeline break at the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority water treatment plant. The BCRUA completed pipeline repairs May 2. Leander is now receiving BCRUA plant water at a reduced rate, according to the city. All other water comes from the city-owned Sandy Creek water treatment plant.
The city was under Stage 4 restrictions—the city’s emergency phase—following the February winter storm and boil-water notice. The city revised its water conservation phases in March to move into Phase 3.
New phases, previously called stages, include:
- Phase 1: These are base water conservation restrictions. Residential watering can be two days per week.
- Phase 2: This is the water restriction phase. Residential watering is limited to one day per week.
- Phase 3: This is the water emergency phase. All outdoor watering is restricted to hand-watering only.
- Phase 4: This is the water system failure phase. Water use is limited to essential uses only.
The current water conservation ordinance includes penalties for violations. Residential violations include a warning on the first offense, a $50 fine for the second offense, $100 for the third offense, and $200 and nonemergency disconnection for the fourth offense, according to the ordinance. Commercial offenses are similar with greater fines.