Officials for the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District announced Aug. 2 the increase to D-3, which is its extreme drought stage. The district covers portions of Austin, West Lake Hills, Bee Cave and Lakeway.

Under this drought stage, there is a 30% targeted reduction of water usage, according to the district’s contingency plan.

To reach that targeted reduction, the district has implemented the following measures:
  • Check for and correct plumbing leaks.
  • Water lawns, trees and shrubs once every 5-7 days from the hours of 8 p.m.-midnight with a hose, automatic shut-off nozzle or automatic timer.
  • Do not refill swimming pools.
  • Wash cars only as needed.
  • Do not wash buildings, driveways, streets, patios, etc. except when required for health and safety needs, or for fire protection.
  • Livestock should receive water from leak-proof troughs.
  • Pumping groundwater into livestock tanks is highly discouraged
  • Do not pump groundwater into ponds, lakes, tanks, reservoirs, etc.
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