“Due to evaporation, hot temperatures and lack of rainfall, we need residents to conserve water immediately to decrease our average daily usage at the water plant,” Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said in the release. “Water demand is exceeding what we are able to process. Our plant has exceeded 90% capacity, and Pflugerville water customers must conserve now to avoid future water rationing.”
The city saw a 17.44% increase in water usage between August 2018 and August 2019, with an uptick from 247 million gallons to 290 million, according to the release. Per the guidelines outlined in Stage 3 water restrictions, all water customers are required to abide by a once a week watering schedule in accordance with the last digit of their house address.
The watering schedule is listed below:
• Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may water on Mondays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
• Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may water on Tuesdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
• Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may water on Wednesdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
• Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may water on Thursdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
• Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may water on Fridays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
• No watering allowed on Saturday or Sunday.
Hand watering is permitted any weekday, regardless of one's home address, per the release. Residents who opt into hand watering can use a hand-held positive shutoff nozzle or up to a five-gallon bucket both before 10 a.m. or between 7 p.m. and midnight. Car washes are only permitted at commercial businesses.
The city has implemented a four-tier enforcement system, issuing warnings to water customers before administering violation fees. A third violation will warrant a $100 administrative fee added to one's water bill, while a final notice results in the disconnection of the resident's water and a $50 reconnect fee to be paid before the water line is reconnected, per the release.
Water saving tips are available at www.pfreshwater.com.