Adopted Drought Contingency Plan

After experiencing what is now considered the “Drought of Record,” during the summer of 2011, city staff has identified several areas of the current drought contingency plan where improvements can be made to accommodate the needs of our citizens and still protect the city’s water supply and distribution capabilities during times of extreme weather conditions and / or emergency.

It is important to understand that certain deficiencies in our supply and distribution system limit our ability to accommodate all of the water related conveniences that we are accustomed to during periods of normal rainfall. The city is moving forward with an extensive capital improvement plan that addresses these deficiencies over the next few years. Once these improvements are in operation, it will allow us to revisit the drought contingency plan for further improvement.


The drought contingency plan was approved 7 to 0 in second reading on May 22, 2012.

Highlights of the Updated Plan

  • Amends Chapter 114 of code
  • Council’s suggestion:
    • Watering lawns with handheld garden hoses is allowed at any time
  • Defines non-residential areas, including HOA common landscape areas, and creates three zones for irrigation
  • Extends midday watering hours when Standard Time is in effect
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Standard Time
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time
  • Incorporates improvements based upon best practices and lessons from 2011 drought
  • Incorporates new DCP
  • Repeals Article IV: Drought Contingency Plan

Other Changes

  • Additional “triggers” added to all stages
  • Discontinuation of service allowed upon issuance of second citation of violation
  • Enforcement
  • Fines adjusted (from set amount of $500 to a range of $100 to $2,000)
  • Foundations may be watered at specified times
  • Irrigation method restrictions added
  • Irrigation times changed to allow watering during non-peak daylight hours on prescribed days
  • Notification of violation procedures defined, including certified mail
  • Reconnection fees increased (from $20 to $150, doubling upon second occurrence)
  • Relief for retailers with plant inventory
  • Stages reduced from five to three
    • Stage 1: Mild (Voluntary) - May be triggered by three consecutive days of 75% of available surface water
    • Stage 2: Severe (Mandatory) - May be triggered by three consecutive days of 80% of available surface water or 90% for one day
    • Stage 3: Emergency - May be triggered by 95% of available surface water for one day or system pressure drops to 40 psi
  • Vehicle washing allowed on designated days with hand held hose