By KATE LUDLOW
Last week, the City of Liberty Hill issued water restrictions, a move that may not have come as a surprise to customers.
City Water Utility Operator Brian Kirk said that no major changes have occurred in the system, and that the restrictions are left over from last summer.
“We never really got off of them from last summer,” he said. “Even with the rains, there wasn’t enough water in the recharge zone. What rain we’ve gotten has helped, and the aquifers have come up. But at this point, I don’t see the drought breaking.”
Wednesday, Kirk met with Mayor Jamie Williamson and City engineers to discuss the plan for managing water resources going into what is expected to be another hot, dry summer.
“We’re better than we were last summer, but it will take some time,” said Kirk.
Currently, the City is in the process of installing two new wells — one at the corner of Stubblefield Lane and Myrtle Lane, and one on State Highway 29 near the entrance to Stonewall Ranch.
“We expect those will be online by the end of August, beginning of September, so hopefully, by the time school starts,” says Kirk. “It will help solve some of our problems.”
Chisholm Trail Special Utility District is also in Stage 1 outdoor watering restrictions, which allows outdoor watering only three days a week. Serving approximately 6,600 meters, their water shortage was also caused by the drought and recent lack of rains.
“We’re at Stage 1, which is minimal restrictions,” says Gordon Pierce, General Manager for Chisholm Trail SUD. “We’ve got a pretty good drought contingency plan. I think more restrictive levels will come if the rain stays away and the water levels drop. Right now, we get our water from Stillhouse Hollow (Lake) in Bell County. That is transferred over to Lake Georgetown, and we draw from there. Both of those (lakes) are almost full. So unless we have mechanical issues or breakage, we probably won’t have any serious problems, we hope.”
Stillhouse Hollow is federally owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Chisholm Trail SUD contracts with the Brazos River Authority to receive water. They serve customers from Liberty Hill to Bell County. Most of their Liberty Hill customers reside outside the Liberty Hill city boundaries. The City of Liberty Hill is a wholesale purchaser of Chisholm Trail SUD’s water.
Durham Park Water Supply Corp. is currently in a Stage 3 water restriction.
According to Office Manager Bonnie Stoss, the Durham Park WSC is in the process of installing a new well, which will hopefully alleviate some of the strain the current system is under. Currently serving 361 meters, the three wells that make up the Durham Park WSC are working, but one is “not up to par,” she said.
“We just proceeded with signing a construction acceptance bid, so hopefully construction will start this summer. We hope to be completed by the end of the year,” Ms. Stoss said. “We still have to do the test well though, and that could throw in some complication.”
The test well will allow the well installers to get an indication of pressure underground at the intended site for the new well.
Even without the new well being completed, Stoss said she isn’t worried about running short on water.
“There are three subdivisions that we serve. If something happens, two of them can share, and it will be fine. At this point, the restrictions are about being conservative, and trying not to overwhelm the current water supply,” she said.
Below are notices to water customers of the Chisholm Trail SUD, the City of Liberty Hill and Durham Park Water Supply regarding current water use restrictions.
Chisholm Trail SUD Water Restrictions
Effective November 18, 2011, Chisholm Trail S.U.D. has reduced outdoor watering restrictions to Stage 1, allowing three (3) times per week outdoor watering. Customers that want to water outdoors are required to follow a mandatory outdoor watering schedule as follows:
EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, 12 a.m. until 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. until 12 a.m.
ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, 12 a.m. until 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. until 12 a.m.
The filling or refilling of water in privately owned swimming, wading and Jacuzzi type pools are permitted on above listed days and times only. Soaker hoses can be used at any time.
As drought conditions are expected to continue into the summer months,
customers are strongly encouraged to continue to conserve water.
Call (254) 793-3103 for additional information. Additional ideas for water conservation are included on the website, www.ctsud.org.
LIBERTY HILL WATER USE RESTRICTIONS
Effective immediately, all City of Liberty Hill water customers and members are prohibited from using landscape irrigation systems, automatic sprinkler systems, and hose-end sprinklers at all times. Customers and members can use manually held hoses only during their designated water days and times (no more than once per week).
The following one-day-per-week watering schedule is effective immediately.
Watering is allowed from 12 a.m. until 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. on your watering day. Absolutely no watering by any method between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Street address ending in 0 or 1 may water on Monday. Street address ending in 2 or 3 may water on Tuesday. Street address ending in 4 or 5 may water on Wednesday. Street address ending in 6 or 7 may water on Friday. Street address ending in 8 or 9 may water on Saturday. NO OUTSIDE WATERING ON SUNDAY OR THURSDAY.
The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, and other types of mobile equipment and the filling, refilling, or adding of water to swimming pools and Jacuzzi tubs is prohibited. Charity carwashes are prohibited. Fountains and other ornamental water use devices are also prohibited.
Violators are subject to immediate disconnection of water service, and payment of a $100 penalty and a $30 reconnection fee will be required for reinstatement of service.
Durham Park Water Supply Restrictions
Stage 3 of Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Demand Management Plan requires a limit of irrigation of landscaped areas to once a week based on customers address as indicated below. Watering will be confined to between the morning hours of 12 midnight to 10 a.m. and the evening hours of 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Please see our office for complete details.
Effective January 1, 2012 and remains in effect until situation improves.
Boulderwood subdivision — Ranch Road 1869, Pebbles Dr., Bedrock Dr., Boulderwood Dr. – Wednesday.
Durham Park subdivision — Double File Trace — Monday.
Westfall Trail, Glasscock Road, Cara Cove — Tuesday.
Huling Bend, N. San Gabriel Loop, S. San Gabriel Loop, San Gabriel Circle — Wednesday.
San Gabriel Drive, Cooks Crossing, Jenkins Davis and Deer Trail – Thursday.
Rowlett Road, Owens Pass, Shin Oak Lane, Mayeye Road, Grays Circle — Friday.
Thousand Oaks subdivision — Thousand Oaks Trail – Rolling Block Drive, Mesquite Springs –Tuesday.
Creedmore Drive, Wandering Oak — Wednesday.
Lone Mott, Lost Oaks Court –Thursday.
Parker Court, Lazy Trail — Friday.