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Stage 1 Water Restrictions are in effect

Why are we going into Stage 1?

The combined capacity of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon water reservoirs has fallen below 50 percent. According to the revised drought contingency plan approved by the City Council in May, Drought Stage 1 voluntary drought measures are now in effect.

The drought contingency plan was revised so the City could respond proactively to droughts as they occur. Stage 1 was modified from always being in effect, to being activated when combined lake levels drop below 50 percent.

What can I do to help?

Stage 1 drought measures are voluntary. Those measures include:

  • Using your sprinkler system once per week.
  • Avoid using the sprinkler system to water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Hand watering and drip irrigation are allowed at any time.
  • Washing your car? Use a bucket to prevent unnecessary runoff.
  • No restrictions on purposes necessary for public health and safety.
  • You may use water to maintain building foundations – we recommend drip irrigation or hand-held hoses.
  • Restaurants – serve water only upon request


When will Stage 1 be lifted?

It’s unpredictable, but the Drought Contingency Plan notes Stage 1 will be lifted when the levels of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon reservoirs are above 60%.

For more information, check out the helpful links on this page.

There are 5 stages of the drought contingency plan

For more information on the Drought Contingency Plan, click here.