Residents in Cedar Park now have to cut back to watering their lawns once a week. Starting August 1st, the city enacted stage three water restrictions.
The new restrictions are an effort to cut back on consumption, as the water level in Lake Travis continues to drop. The trigger number is 618 feet for mandatory restrictions imposed by LCRA. While the lake levels have not reached that point yet, they continue to fall, with no significant relief in sight.
The new rules mean residents will have new watering schedules depending on if their address ends in an even or odd number.
The Cedar Park City Council is also considering a temporary water rate increase. The hike would last as long as the city is in Stage 3 restrictions. The amount proposed is nine percent. For the average homeowner that means about $3.81 tacked on to the water bill.
Cedar Park estimates a $2 million hit in revenue as a result to of moving into Stage 3 restrictions. The rate increase would offset that by $500,000 and help cover some of the water expenses that are fixed.
If the measure is approved next week, residents would see the increase starting in September.
For complete details on what Stage 3 means visit www.cedarparktexas.gov/water.