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Drought Response Stages
Sec. 114-229. - Drought Response Stages
The director of public works shall monitor water supply and demand conditions on a daily basis and, in accordance with the triggering criteria set forth in section 114-228, shall determine that a mild, moderate, severe, critical, emergency, or water shortage condition exists and shall implement the following notification procedures.

Notification
Notification of the Public
The director of public works shall notify the public by means of:
  • Publication in a newspaper of general circulation
  • Public service announcements
  • Signs posted in public places
  • Take-home fliers at schools

Additional Notification
The director of public works shall notify directly, or cause to be notified directly, the following individuals and entities:
  • City and / or county emergency management coordinator(s)
  • County judge and commissioner(s)
  • Critical water users, i.e., hospitals
  • Fire chief
  • Major water users
  • Mayor and members of the city council
  • NRCC (required when mandatory restrictions are imposed)
  • Parks / street superintendents and public facilities managers
  • State disaster district / department of public safety

Stage 1 Response—Mild Water Shortage Conditions
  • Goal: Achieve a voluntary 5% reduction in daily water demand.
  • Supply management measures: The city will reduce the flushing of water mains.
  • Voluntary water use restrictions:
    • Water customers are requested to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to Tuesdays and Thursdays for customers with even-numbered street addresses, and Mondays and Wednesdays for water customers with odd-numbered street addresses, and to irrigate landscapes only between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight on designated watering days.
    • All operations of the city shall adhere to water use restrictions prescribed for Stage 2 of the plan.
    • Water customers are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.

Stage 2 Response—Moderate Water Shortage Conditions

  • Goal: Achieve a twenty-five percent (25%) reduction in total water use and/or daily water demand and activate Stage 1. 
  • Supply Management Measures: Measures to be implemented directly by the City to manage limited water supplies and/or reduce water demand: 
    • Reduce or discontinue flushing of mains. 
    • Reduce or discontinue irrigation of public irrigated areas. 
    • Fix or repair all reported and known leaks in the system within twelve (12) hours of notification or detection. 
  • Mandatory Water Use Restrictions: It shall be unlawful, under the threat of violation, for any person to cause or permit the use of water in violation of the following water use restrictions during a severe water shortage condition: 
    • Residential Water Customers shall limit the irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers and mechanical/electrical controllers attached to the house outlet or automatic irrigation systems to Mondays and Thursdays for residential customers with even-numbered street addresses, and Tuesdays and Fridays for residential customers with odd-numbered street addresses, and is limited to the Daylight Saving Time hours of 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M. the following morning or during Standard Time between the hours of 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M. the following morning, on designated watering days.
    • Non-Residential Water Customers shall limit the irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers and automatic irrigation systems to Mondays and Thursdays for irrigation activities in ZONE #1, Mondays and Thursdays for irrigation activities in ZONE #2, and Tuesdays and Fridays for irrigation activities in ZONE #3 (see exhibit A for zone descriptions), and is limited (ONLY) to the hours of 10:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M. the following morning, on designated watering days. 
    • Irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted at anytime by means of a faucet filled bucket or water can of five (5) gallons or less, a drip irrigation system, soaker hose, or by hand held hose with positive shutoff device (NO OPEN END HOSES). When daily surface water demand exceeds eighty-five percent (85%) for three (3) consecutive days, hand held hose usage shall cease. Excessive pooling and/or run-off from automatic or drip irrigation systems is prohibited and shall not be allowed to run off of property and form a stream of water in a street for a distance of 50 feet or greater; or pool in a street or parking lot to a depth greater than one-quarter of an inch. 
    • Use of water to irrigate inventory with automatic irrigation systems at a commercial plant nursery shall be limited to prescribe times for Non-Residential Water Customers. Watering by means of a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle, water can of five (5) gallons or less, drip irrigation system or by soaker hose use, is permitted at anytime, Monday - Friday. 
    • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, 4-wheeler, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering daysWashing is allowed at anytime on designated watering days for applicable residential address. Such washing when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket and hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle. Vehicle washing may be done at anytime on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. 
    • Use of water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, wading pool, water slide, slip & slide, or Jacuzzi/Hot-Tub type pool, is prohibited except on designated watering days and (ONLY) between the hours of 10:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M the following morning
    • Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountain or pond is equipped with a recirculation system. 
    • Use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to the fire fighting 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 League City. 
    • Use of water to stabilize foundations is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. (ONLY). Watering is permitted by means of a handheld hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle; or using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system placed within 24-inches of the foundation that does not produce a spray of water above the ground. When daily surface water demand exceeds eighty-five percent (85%) for three (3) consecutive days, foundation watering shall cease. Excessive pooling and/or run-off from foundation watering is prohibited and shall not be allowed to run off of property and form a stream of water in a street for a distance of 50 feet or greater; or pool in a street or parking lot to a depth greater than one-quarter of an inch. 
    • Use of water for irrigation of golf course greens, tees, and fairways is prohibited except on designated watering days and (ONLY) between the hours of 10:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M the following morning. However, if a golf course utilizes a water source other than the potable water provided by the City, then the facility shall not be subject to these regulations. The use of treated effluent recycled from the City’s wastewater treatment facility (non-potable/reuse water) is permissible. 
    • The following uses of water are defined as nonessential and are prohibited: 
      • Washing down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard surfaced area; 
      • Washing down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection; 
      • Use of water for dust control; 
      • Flushing of gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; 
      • Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s); 
      • Irrigation of landscaped areas, including parks, athletic fields, and golf courses, except otherwise provided under this plan; 
      • Washing any motor vehicle, motorbike, 4-wheeler, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle other than prescribed times and days; 
      • Filling or refilling or adding to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, wading pool, Jacuzzi/Hot-Tub type pool or waterslides; 
      • Filling or refilling or adding to any fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes, except where necessary to support aquatic life; 
      • Except as otherwise specifically authorized herein, use of water from fire hydrants for construction purposes or any other purposes other than firefighting. 

Stage 3 Response—Severe Water Shortage Conditions
  • Goal: Achieve a 15% reduction in daily water demand.
  • Supply management measures: The city will discontinue the flushing of water mains unless there is a threat to public health, safety, or welfare. Irrigation of city-owned landscaped areas will be limited to designated watering days.
  • Water use restrictions: All requirements of Stage 2 shall remain in effect during Stage 3 except:
    • Irrigation of landscaped areas shall be limited to designated watering days between midnight and 5 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight, and shall be by means of hand-held hoses, hand-held buckets, drip irrigation, or permanently installed automatic sprinkler system only. The use of hose-end sprinklers is prohibited at all times.
    • The watering of golf course tee boxes is prohibited unless the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the city.
    • The use of water for construction purposes from designated fire hydrants under special permit is to be discontinued.

Stage 4 Response—Critical Water Shortage Conditions
  • Goal: Achieve a 20% reduction in daily water demand.
  • Supply management measures: The city will discontinue the flushing of water mains unless there is a threat to public health, safety, or welfare. Irrigation of city-owned landscaped areas will be limited to designated watering days using hand-held buckets or drip-irrigation only.
  • Water use restrictions: All requirements of Stages 2 and 3 shall remain in effect during Stage 4 except:
    • Irrigation of landscaped areas shall be limited to designated watering days between 6 a.m. and 5 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight, and shall only be by means of hand-held hoses, hand-held buckets, or drip irrigation only. The use of hose-end sprinklers or permanently installed automatic sprinklers is prohibited at all times.
    • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle not occurring on the premises of a commercial car wash and commercial service stations and not in the immediate interest of public health, safety, and welfare is prohibited. Further, such vehicle washing at commercial car washes and commercial service stations shall occur only between 7 a.m. and 5 a.m. and between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    • The filling, refilling, or adding of water to swimming pools, wading pools and Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited.
    • Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except when necessary to support aquatic life or when such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.
    • No application for a new, additional, expanded or increased-in-size water service connections, meters, service lines, pipeline extensions, mains or water service facilities of any kind shall be approved, and time limits for approval of such applications are hereby suspended for such time as this drought response stage or a high-numbered stage shall be in effect.

Stage 5 Response—Emergency Water Shortage Conditions
  • Goal: Achieve a 25% reduction in daily water demand.
  • Supply management measures: The city will discontinue the flushing of water mains unless there is a threat to public health, safety, or welfare. Irrigation of city-owned landscaped areas will prohibited.
  • Water use restrictions: All requirements of Stages 2, 3, and 4 shall remain in effect during Stage 5 except:
    • Irrigation of landscaped areas is absolutely prohibited.
    • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle is absolutely prohibited.

(Ord. No. 2002-26, § 2, 4-23-2002)