For the first time in two years, Austin, Texas-based Austin Water is cutting back on the number of hours residents can water their lawns. The restrictions were triggered because Lake Travis' and Lake Buchanan's water levels have dipped below a combined 1.4 million feet, according to an article on www.kxan.com.
The cutoff time for those with automatic watering systems has been pushed back from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who water with hose sprinklers will not need to adapt.
Currently watering for automatic systems is once per week, while hose-end sprinkler systems are two days per week. Those schedules were made permanent two years ago.
The city says water conservation has helped it reduce its water consumption to lower than when there were 300,000 fewer people living there.