Water-use restrictions to be announced in Port AransasFree Access

As a drought continues to tighten its grip on South Texas, details of newly imposed water-use restrictions will be announced in Port Aransas on Friday, June 17.

That’s according to Scott Mack, manager of Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4, the agency that provides tap water and sewer service in Port Aransas.

Folks will be allowed to use their lawn irrigation systems only one day a week as part of the beginning of water-use restrictions, Mack said. Details on what specific days people may or may not water each week will be released Friday morning, he said. (Watch the South Jetty’s website for updates on that.)

The water district is imposing the restrictions because the City of Corpus Christi is doing that. A water purchase contract between the district and the City of Corpus Christi, says the district must follow the city’s drought contingency and water conservation plan, Mack said.

The water district purchases water from the City of Corus Christi.

Area officials are in the process of announcing restrictions because the combined levels of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir have gotten so low.

Corpus Christi and the rest of the Coastal Bend rely largely on the two water bodies as the region’s source for drinking water.

Water-use restrictions go into effect when the combined lake levels dip to below 40 percent of capacity. As of today (Wednesday, June 15), the combined level was 42.57 percent, according to the website of the Nueces River Authority.

The limitations imposed on use of lawn irrigation systems are part of Stage 1 water-use restrictions. Additional restrictions will be imposed if lake levels keep falling.

(Watch for more in the June 23 edition of the South Jetty.)

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