As the Drought Continues, Could Central Texas Cities See Water Restrictions?
Central Texas summers are hot and dry, and it's a fact we all live with. It's gotten so bad in Georgetown, Texas that officials have issued watering restrictions.
The drought continues!
Summer 2022 in Texas has proven yet again to be hot and dry. According to statistics from Drought.gov:
- 20.0 Million people in Texas are affected by drought
- There are 227 counties with USDA disaster designations
- Over the past 128 years, May 2022 was the 25th driest
- 2022 is the 8th driest year to date over the past 128 years
In short, we need rain in the worse way.
The hot and dry conditions have had their effects on local lakes in Central Texas as well. Cassy Hill, Natural Resource Specialist with the US Army Corps of Engineers, tells FOX44 News that local lake water levels are about 5 and a half feet lower than usual.
It's gotten so bad that some local cities are having to enforce water restrictions.
Water Restrictions in Georgetown
According to KXAN, stage 2 drought restrictions took effect last Tuesday restricting watering of lawns in Georgetown until further notice. Residents will only be able to water their lawn one day a week.
The watering schedule is based on last number of your address with no watering on Mondays.
2 or 6 Wednesday
5 or 9 Friday
4 or 8 Saturday
3 or 7 Sunday
The City of Georgetown is giving residents a week to make the adjustments to their schedule. After that, fines could be charged and show up on their water bills.
Could water restrictions come to Temple, Belton or Killeen? It's always possible. For now the City of Temple has recommendations on helping conserve water. You can find them here. Killeen's recommendations live here.
July only promises to be hotter, so if you know of a rain dance, now is a good time to bust it out!