Phase 2 – Watering allowed on ONE day of the week. See schedule below.
Below are some additional resources regarding water use during drought conditions as well as information on the City’s 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 only ONE day a week. See schedule above.
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!
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.