Drought Information

Current Drought Stage:  Phase 1

The current watering schedule in effect is below.

Address ends in: May water these days:
1, 5, 9 Tue. and/or Fri.
2, 4, 6, 8 Wed. and/or Sat.
0, 3, 7 Thu. and/or Sun.

No automatic irrigation is allowed between the hours of noon and 7:00pm.  Use of a hand-held hose or bucket can be any day and at any time. Other outdoor water uses such as vehicle washing or filling a swimming pool can be done any day at any time.

Below are some additional resources regarding water use during drought conditions as well as information on the City’s water conservation plan.

City of Georgetown Drought Contingency Plan

City of Georgetown Water Use Ordinance

City of Georgetown Five Year Water Conservation Plan

What triggers the drought contingency plan?

There are a few conditions which can cause the City of Georgetown to enter into our Drought Contingency Plan (DCP).  We monitor the level at Lake Georgetown as the volume of water in Lake Georgetown and Stillhouse Hollow, and if we get below certain thresholds we will enter into the Drought Contingency Plan.  Additionally, we track how much water we treat daily, and if we exceed certain levels of our treatment capacity for three straight days then we can enter into the DCP.

Below is a view of our daily production, and indicators of where the different phases of the Drought Contingency Plan are triggered.

What is the watering schedule during in the Drought Contingency Plan?

Phase 1 – Normal two days per week watering schedule, no automatic irrigation or hose-end sprinklers between noon and 7:00pm.

Phase 2 – Watering allowed on one of the normally scheduled days, no automatic irrigation or hose-end sprinklers between noon and 7:00pm.

Phase 3 – No outdoor irrigation.

What are the Drought Contingency Plan triggers?

DCP Phase Treatment Capacity (3 consecutive days) Lake Georgetown Level Combined Water Volume of Lake Georgetown and Stillhouse Hollow
Phase 1 85% 770ft 162,752 acre-feet
Phase 2 90% 765ft 105,001 acre-feet
Phase 3 95% N/A 52,501 acre-feet

Lake Georgetown Information

When we talk about Lake Georgetown, and how much water is in it, it will be in one of two ways.  One way is in acre-feet, and the other is in feet above mean sea level.  Acre-feet allows for an easy conversion into gallons to tell how much water is in the lake.  Using the actual level of the lake usually relates to some physical aspect, because if the lake gets below a particular level, certain activities may be impacted such as utilizing boat ramps, or in the case of the city, pumping water out of the lake.  Below are a couple of charts which show the current volume, as well as the current level of Lake Georgetown.

For further information regarding current or historical water levels at Lake Georgetown, both the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS)have excellent resources available.

This first chart comes from the TWDB and provides a look at the current volume in terms of acre feet.  One acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons, so when Lake Georgetown is full (dotted red line) there is roughly 11,998,811,373 gallons of water!

Current Conditions:

TWDB Current Volume (thousands acre-feet)
Lake Georgetown Level, NOAA

Brazos River Authority Drought Information

In addition to the Drought Contingency Plan adopted by the City of Georgetown, we also work closely with the Brazos River Authority during times when they may implement the various stages of their Drought Contingency Plan.  To find more information regarding the Brazos River Authority and the Drought Contingency Plan click below.

Brazos River Authority Drought Information