ROBINSON, Texas – September 14, 2011 – Effective September 14, 2011, the City of Robinson is activating Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan. Stage 2 is defined as Moderate Water Shortage Condition. The goal is to achieve a 10 percent reduction in total water use.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the City Council unanimously approved to move to stage 2 at the request of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “I feel like we need to be good stewards of our water system in Robinson and comply,” said City Manager Bob Cervenka.
The following water conservation practices are required at Stage 2:
Supply Management Measures
Discontinue irrigation of public landscaped areas.
(a) Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8), and Saturday and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9,), and irrigation of landscaped areas is further limited to the hours of 12:00 midnight until 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight on designated watering days. However, irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted at anytime if it is by means of a hand held hose, a faucet filled bucket or watering can of (5) gallons or less, or drip irrigation system.
(b) Use of water to wash any motor vehicles, motorcycle, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. Further, such washing may be exempted from these regulations if the health, safety, and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables.
(c) Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.
(d) Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculating system.
(e) Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except that use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under special permit from the City of Robinson Water Utility.
(f) Use of water for the irrigation of golf course greens, tees, and fairways is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and midnight. However, if the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the City of Robinson water utility, the facility shall not be subject to these regulations.
(g) All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron.
(h) The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and are prohibited:
1. Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;
2. Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;
3. Use of water for dust control;
4. Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; and
5. Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s)
If any Robinson citizens would like to request a variance, please contact Bob Cervenka at (254) 662-1415. For more information, please visit http://www.robinsontexas.org/ .