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Stage 1 measures in effect

Staff Report

BUDA — The city of Buda is under Stage 1 drought restrictions as of Aug. 1. 

When Stage 1 drought conservation measures are in effect, the city of Buda aims to achieve a 10% reduction of total water use. 

Outdoor irrigation is restricted as follows:

• Irrigation with hose-end sprinklers and automatic sprinkler systems is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The outdoor watering twice-per-week schedule is: odd-numbered residential on Wednesday and/or Saturday, even-numbered residential on Thursday and/or Sunday, and commercial, mixed use and multifamily on Tuesday and/or Friday

• Outdoor watering must start and stop within the 24-hour period of the designated water day as determined by address

• It is recommended that outdoor watering be limited to one of the permitted watering days each week in order to promote conservation

Outdoor irrigation is permitted as follows:

• Outdoor watering with a handheld bucket, handheld hose with a positive shutoff device, soaker hose and/or drip irrigation 

• Irrigation of vegetable gardens with a handheld bucket, handheld hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation

• Irrigation of protected trees by a soaker hose, automatic bubbler, tree watering bag, or similar device placed within the tree’s drip line

• Commercial nurseries are subject to the time restrictions when using automated irrigation systems, but may operate on any day. 

Date and time restrictions for irrigation do not apply during repair or testing of a new or existing irrigation system if the person performing the testing is present. The irrigation system should only be operated as long as is necessary to diagnose and complete repairs.

When it comes to vehicle washing, charity car washes are allowed, but must be done using a handheld bucket or a handheld hose equipped with a positive shutoff device. Noncommercial vehicle washing is allowed on any day and at any time, but must be done using a handheld bucket or a handheld hose equipped with a positive shutoff device. Commercial vehicle washing is allowed on any day and at any time.

Swimming pools are allowed to operate and be filled as normal. It is recommended that swimming pools be covered while not in use to minimize evaporative losses. Operation of non-recirculating aesthetic water features is prohibited at all times.

Washing of impervious surfaces is prohibited unless required for health and safety use. Foundation watering is allowed on any day and at any time. However, foundation watering should not result in saturation to the point it causes pooling in the yard or runoff onto impervious surfaces, adjacent property, drainage facilities (natural or manmade), sidewalks or streets.

Other nonessential water uses are allowed, but all reasonable measures should be taken to limit the use.

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