In Austin, Texas, the emergency water use restrictions that were put in place on Oct. 22 are now over, and customers can water outdoors again, including once-per-week watering, according to an on the KVUE website.
The emergency water restrictions were issued at the same time as a boil water notice for Austin Water customers after high levels of silt and debris from the Hill Country floodwaters poured into the Austin Water supply lakes. Due to the flooding complications, the city's three water treatment plants struggled to keep water clarity levels up to state standards.
Before the flooding and water restrictions, Austin Water was in stage one of the drought contingency plan, but now that the lakes are at full levels, Austin Water is now in the conservation stage.
Under the updated conservation stage restrictions, residents may increase the total number of hours available for watering with automatic irrigation systems to 15 hours between midnight to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight. However, all other watering restrictions remain unchanged, including a once-per-week automatic irrigation watering schedule for residential and commercial water customers.