• If your address ends in an even number, water on Sunday and Thursday
• If your address ends in an odd number, water on Saturday and Wednesday
• Please water only between the hours of midnight and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.
After surviving a record-breaking heatwave on top of three weeks without rain, precipitation has finally re-entered the forecast.
The current forecast as of press time Friday showed a 50 percent chance of rain Monday evening.
“The Texas Sage bushes aren’t showing any signs of rain yet, but the forecast models have been in good agreement so we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” said local National Weather Observer John Taylor.
But, a rainy Monday won’t ease the Stage One water conservation directive from the city.
“We’ve been in a dry pattern for a long period of time,” said Jeffery Jenkins, Taylor’s assistant city manager. “The main reason we might hit a trigger is weather conditions and the drought index.”
He said the Stage One directive was at the request of the Brazos River Authority (BRA). He said the BRA asked Taylor and the other communities it serves to move to Stage One conditions because of the high temperatures and out of an abundance of caution.
“They want to stay ahead of the curve instead of being behind,” Jenkins said. “We don’t want to overuse our resources.”
In fact, Jenkins said, conditions with the city’s water supply are still short of what would trigger even a Stage One concern.
According to the ordinance, one of the triggers for Stage One is that the water system be at 70 percent capacity. According to Jenkins, we are not there, yet.
The Taylor area has seen more than twice July’s normal rainfall at 3.18 inches. Normal July rainfall in Taylor is 1.51 inches.
However, outside the rain forecast for Monday, it’s been three weeks.
According to the National Drought Monitor, Williamson County is experiencing moderate drought conditions.
If dry conditions persist, it’s possible the BRA would ask the city to move to Stage Two restrictions. Under Stage Two conditions, the watering restrictions become compulsory and city officials could ticket customers for ignoring the ordinance. Those restrictions would extend to washing cars and filling swimming pools.
Jenkins said the city would consult with the BRA before any move to Stage Two.
The Stage One contingency plan asks city water customers to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to just a few days a week.
The plan calls for customers with a street address ending in an even number to water on Sundays and Thursdays. Customers with an odd-numbered street address are asked to limit watering to Saturdays and Wednesdays.
All water customers are asked to irrigate landscapes only between the hours of midnight and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight on designated watering days.
In addition, the city will reduce or discontinue flushing water mains and will reduce or discontinue irrigation of public landscaped lands.
The hope is to reduce daily water use by 5 percent.
The ordinance is online at https://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/6251/Ordinance-2014-20-Drought-Contingency?bidId=