Beginning March 1, the city of Pflugerville will enter Stage 1 of drought restrictions, limiting watering to only one day per week.

What you need to know

In response to ongoing severe drought conditions in Central Texas, the city has deferred to its Drought Contingency Plan with a goal of reducing average daily water use by 10%, according to a city update.

Residential customers are asked to water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. An outdoor irrigation schedule has been implemented based on the last digit of resident's address:
  • Monday: Addresses ending with 0 or 1
  • Tuesday: Addresses ending with 2 or 3
  • Wednesday: Addresses ending with 4 or 5
  • Thursday: Addresses ending with 6 or 7
  • Friday: Addresses ending with 8 or 9
During the same early morning or evening hours, commercial and multifamily establishments are authorized to irrigate on Saturdays, while schools have been allocated Sundays for watering.

More details

Stage 1 water restrictions will last March 1-Oct. 31 if the total storage in the Highland Lakes, which is the city's main water source, remains below 1,200,000 acre-feet.

The combined storage level of Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis—the two water supply reservoirs in Highland Lakes—is currently less than 900,000 acre-feet.

A total of 8,897 acre-feet of water was pumped from Highland Lakes by the city in 2022, according to the most recent data reported by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

However, the city of Pflugerville is just one among several utilizing the Highland Lakes storage. In 2022, residential, commercial, recreational and agricultural customers collectively utilized 429,314 acre-feet of water.

The majority of water consumption does originate from municipalities, which constitutes the city's water supply. According to LCRA, municipal entities accounted for 43% of water usage.

As of Feb. 26, Lake Buchanan is only 46% full, and Lake Travis is reported at 39% full.

More information on the current water conditions can be found on the LCRA website.