A mandatory yard watering schedule begins Dec. 1 for all Cleburne customers.
The implementation will help the city comply with ongoing Level 2 water restrictions, Cleburne Water Department Superintendent Charles Vokes said.
Residents and business owners have been under voluntary measures for several months in a city wide measure to conserve water. Lack of sufficient rainfall in recent months prompted city officials to enact non-voluntary measures last week. Lake Pat Cleburne sits at 61 percent full, which is a 22-month low.
“Voluntary water restrictions have very little impact,” Vokes said. “But studies have shown that mandatory watering days can cut water usage by up to 33 percent.”
The following schedule designates water usage days for outside irrigation:
zx Mondays: No watering with sprinklers or outside irrigation systems.
zx Tuesdays and Fridays: Non-residential sites such as apartments, businesses and parks.
zx Wednesdays and Saturdays: Residential addresses ending in even numbers.
zx Thursdays and Sundays: Residential addresses ending in odd numbers.
The schedule allows residents to water two days a week and contains exemptions for watering by hand sprinklers, drip hoses, sprinklers using hoses and to perform maintenance on sprinkler systems or to water a fertilized yard.
Vokes said 50 percent of all residential use is for irrigation. Asking residents to schedule their watering plans will help the city plan water usage needs for the entire system, Vokes said, and may delay city water expansion projects necessary to meet Cleburne’s needs as the population grows.
For information on additional Cleburne water restrictions, visit www.cleburne.net.