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Posted on: July 29, 2022

City of Hutto now in Stage 3 water conservation

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Effective Friday afternoon, July 29, and until further notice, the City of Hutto has moved to Stage 3 water conservation restrictions as defined by Hutto city ordinance, to stay in compliance with water provider contracts.

The main differences between Stage 2 and Stage 3 rules in Hutto are that hose-end sprinklers can no longer be used, and hand-held watering outdoors is now limited to designated days. The allowable watering hours for Stage 3 are 8 pm to 6 am on designated days, as follows:Water Table - days and times by address

 These restrictions apply to all City of Hutto water customers – both within Hutto city limits and the Hutto ETJ – including residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties. City of Hutto water customers must follow Stage 3 restrictions for outdoor watering as follows:

  • Even number addresses may water outdoors only on Sundays and Thursdays
  • Odd number addresses may water outdoors only on Saturdays and Wednesdays
  • The following outdoor watering activities can only occur before 6 am or after 8 pm on designated days:
    1. Use of automated irrigation systems
    2. Watering by hand-held hose, drip irrigation, or faucet-filled bucket or watering can
    3. Filling of swimming pools
    4. Washing of vehicles (Note: Commercial carwash facilities are exempt IF they use a water recycling system)

PLUS, every day:

  • Hose-end sprinklers can no longer be used
  • Restaurants cannot serve water unless requested by patron 
  • Fountains and aesthetic pond-water features cannot be operated
  • Water cannot be used to wash down buildings, driveways, sidewalks and hard-surface areas
  • Water cannot be used for dust control and gutter flushing 

Please note that properties that use private well water are exempt from these restrictions, such as The Co-Op District, Hutto City Hall and the Hutto Riverwalk soccer fields. 

Property owners may be cited for failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s). The use of water from fire hydrants is limited to firefighting and other public safety activities; use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed with permission from the City of Hutto.

Why Now? 

The move to Stage 3 is required under the City’s contract with one of its two outside water providers: Manville Water Supply Corporation (W.S.C.).  Manville and its providers recently experienced a series of water line breaks and system failures, which prompted Manville to go to Stage 3 and triggered the contractual requirement that the City of Hutto do likewise. These restrictions will say in effect for City of Hutto water customers as long as Manville is at Stage 3.

Hutto residents and businesses who get their water from Manville W.S.C. or Jonah Water S.U.D. should continue to adhere to the watering restrictions of their water provider. If unsure of your water provider, please click this map

Hutto leaders recognize the need to become more water self-reliant, which is one of the primary goals of water system improvements over the next few years. 

All water customers are also strongly encouraged to continue conserving water when bathing, cleaning and running household appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Thank you for your support and your understanding of the need to conserve water during drought conditions. 

 

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