Drought Contingency Plan

We are currently in Year-Round Water Conservation Stage.



Citizen Participation


Citizens are requested to participate in water conservation measures outlined below:

  • Voluntarily limit irrigation of landscaped areas to 2 days per week
  • Water only between the hours of midnight and 10 a.m. in the morning, and between 8 p.m. in the evening to midnight on designated watering days
    • For residents with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8), these voluntary watering days are Sundays and Thursdays
    • For residents with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9), these voluntary watering days are Saturdays and Wednesdays

Water - One of Our Most Precious Resources


Did you know that the City of Temple has a Drought Contingency Plan? The City is required by law to submit an updated Drought Contingency Plan to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at least every five years. The City's Drought Contingency Plan is based on both supply and demand. While we have an adequate water supply, the City's ability to deliver water is limited by how much demand is placed on the water distribution system. During the summer months, demand levels tend to peak and the ability to deliver the water can become strained.

Plan Triggers


Our Drought Contingency Plan establishes certain triggers that move us, progressively, from voluntary water conservation measures to mandatory water shortage restrictions. The Drought Contingency Plan triggers are generally based upon the amount of water pumped out of the water treatment plant on a daily basis. Once certain demand levels are reached, water shortage responses are triggered.

Stages

  1. Year-Round Water Conservation
  2. Moderate Water Shortage
  3. Severe Water Shortage
  4. Emergency Water Shortage

​Voluntary Water Conservation 


Citizens are requested to: 

  • Practice water conservation and minimize water use for non-essential purposes.
  • Voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to two days per week (as assigned by street address number) and to irrigate landscapes only before 10:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. on designated watering days, unless if watering by hand-held means.
  • Sundays & Thursdays for water customers with a street address  ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,or 8)
  • Saturdays & Wednesdays for water customers with a street address  ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,or 9)
Conservation Tips
As we head into the traditionally high water usage months of the summer, we encourage all citizens to conserve water.

For ideas on how to conserve water at your house, check out 
WaterUseItWisely.com - 100 Ways to Conserve
H2Ouse.org

Watch this page for water conservation activation notices.