The Brown County Water Improvement District #1 announces Lake Brownwood levels rise to activate Stage 1 drought conditions
The Brown County Water Improvement District #1 has declared as of 9:30 am Wednesday, May 10th 2023, Lake Brownwood is at 7 feet and 6 tenths below the spillway. At this level, the Drought Contingency Plan puts us back in Stage 1 Voluntary Restrictions.
Drought Stage 1: Mild – Voluntary Compliance
Odd addresses are asked to voluntarily water Monday and Thursday from midnight to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight. Even addresses are asked to voluntarily water Tuesday and Friday from midnight to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Customers are voluntarily asked to follow the City of Brownwood’s 2-day/week watering schedule. Water customers are requested to continue to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential or discretionary purposes. Customers may water potted plants and landscapes at any time with a watering can or handheld hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. The City of Brownwood watering schedule applies to all residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional accounts, including athletic fields.
General Water Conservation Tips
Customers are encouraged to reduce their water usage as much as possible. Try following a few of the following tips:
- About 50 percent of water used outdoors is wasted due to improper installation, maintenance, and use of watering systems. To make sure you get the most out of watering your lawn and garden, have your system inspected each year by a licensed irrigator to ensure proper operation.
- Install inexpensive faucet aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.
- Check your faucets, and fix any leak you find. Faucet leaks can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.
- Test your toilet for leaks; a leaking toilet can waste up to 73,000 gallons of water a year. To test, add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water in the tank, but do not flush the toilet. Watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. If it does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.
- Look for water-efficient models when replacing plumbing fixtures or appliances. A water-efficient clothes washer uses 50 percent less water than a conventional model. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures can reduce water use by 25 to 60 percent.