City Downgrades to Stage 1 Water Restrictions

The City announced Tuesday that they will downgrade our current Stage 2 water restrictions to Stage 1 as combined lake levels remain above 50-percent.

The news came from the City Manager Ron Olson at Tuesday's City Council meeting that the water levels at both reservoirs are still rising.

"At the close of the day today, we estimate that we'll be over 53-percent of our total capacity, which is a significant increase over what it was just a few short weeks ago," Olson said. "By the end of the day today, according to our policy, we'll be moving back from Stage 2 drought conditions to State 1 drought conditions with less restrictive conservation requirements."

Based on the City's Drought Contingency Plan, adopted May 28, Stage 2 restrictions can be rescinded once our combined lake levels remain above 50-percent for 15 consecutive days. Earlier this month, Lake Corpus Christi filled to 100-percent capacity.

On Oct. 28, combined lake levels reached 50.1-percent, and peaked Nov. 5 at 53.3-percent, and have remained above 50-percent ever since, prompting the downgrade to Stage 1 water restrictions.

Under Stage 1 water restrictions, residents are asked to voluntarily limit watering to once per week, on trash pick-up day. City operations will remain under the rules prescribed by Stage 2 restrictions, and residents are asked to "minimize or discontinue water use for nonessential purposes."

Some remain in place year-round, including prohibition of watering with sprinklers from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to minimize loss from evaporation. You are still not allowed to let water run off a property into gutters or streets, or to spray directly onto public paved surfaces.

For more information about the drought, call 361-826-1600 or visit


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