Cedar Park City Council voted to pass the strongest-ever water restrictions in city history. This is a proactive step and Thursday night's vote now puts Stage 3 water restrictions into effect August 1.
Stage 3 water restrictions limits outdoor watering to just one time a week, according to assigned mandatory watering schedules.
Hand watering is allowed at any time, but only with hoses that have a nozzle. Charity car washes, power washing and using recreational water devices like splash pads and plastic water slides would be prohibited.
This vote comes after the City's Director of Community Affairs suggested implementing Stage 3 restrictions before lake levels hit the predetermined number that would trigger the Lower Colorado River Authority to implement mandatory restrictions.
"What I'm hearing from residents, we talked about this a week ago and I'm hundred percent of the feedback that I got is...we don't really like this but we understand," Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell said.
The Cedar Park City Council also discussed the possibility of increasing water rates. Any increases would have to be brought up for a 1st and 2nd reading before they could be approved, and would not go into effect until mid-to-late August.