Stage 2 water restrictions

The drought is so bad in Austin, the city just went to stage 2 water restrictions.

Here’s a list.

One thing I’m happy about is that while you cannot wash off surfaces like sidewalks, you can if it’s to remove a health hazard. All the duck poop that we get on the walkway up to our front door due to the visiting waterfowl, I’m glad I can still wash it away. It’s be horrible if we couldn’t.

If any of you have some extra rain, please send it our way. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Stage 2 water restrictions

  1. I’ve been really surprised by the general nature of the public here in Austin, over this summer. Despite everyone knowing that water is in high demand, people have continued to waste it watering lawns, etc.

    I grew up in Dallas, where by July every year we were following Stage 2 drought restrictions and by mid-August we were onto Stage 3 (which is no watering, pool refilling, car washing).

    Here in Austin, I still see people watering their damn lawns any time of day, the pool is always being refilled, people are washing their cars. Meanwhile, Lake Travis sinks to it’s 3rd lowest level of all time.

    It don’t look good, we need some rain or it will get much, much worse.

    • I feel the same way. I just don’t get it around here. The old watering schedule was difficult to keep up with, but this new one is VERY simple to follow. Nevertheless, I hear automatic sprinklers going off all the time, watering at 3 PM, all sorts of crap. Then the same people go on about their water bills (duh!), about the drought, about the low lake levels… I just shake my head that they can’t add 2 + 2 here.

      I have to do my best to keep my lawn from totally dying, but I color within the lines and try to stretch it as best I can to encourage a lawn that can tolerate it as best as it can, e.g. water infrequently but deeply to encourage good root growth (make it search for the water). Cut the grass high so it shades the soil to minimize evaporation. I mean, Austin provides so many things and ways to help with this.

      But that’s part of why I blogged about it. I want to help spread the word.

      In a way tho it’s par for the course… America. When we have it, we really spend it. When we don’t have it, we still spend it. When we get into trouble, we look for someone to bail us out… but with water, well, I guess we’ll have to see how much of a God Obama really is. He takes and passes around other people’s money… let’s see if he can do it with water. 😉 People just take things too much for granted.

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