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More water restrictions for Central Texas cities

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Llano is now in Stage 3 water restrictions and outdoor watering will only be allowed once a week. Monday, Pflugerville will go into stage 3 water restrictions for the first time ever which will also implement a once-a-week watering schedule.

Wednesday evening, plenty of people were enjoying Lake Pflugerville's north shore.

"It gives people a place to go to have a good time," said Pflugerville resident Sammy Garza. The lake makes up about 95% of the city's water supply. As the drought continues, each drop counts.

Earlier this summer, Pflugerville city leaders recently changed the city's drought contingency plan which adjusted the water restriction stages. Now that the Highland Lakes are below 700,000 acre-feet, that triggered stage 3 water restrictions in Pflugerville for the first time ever.

"The combined storage of the highland lakes continues to drop," said James Wills with the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department. "We've not had enough significant rain in the right areas to fill the lakes up."

Lake Pflugerville was built to provide water to Pflugerville residents. Water flows into the 180-acre reservoir through a pipeline from the lower Colorado River, so city officials keep a close eye on the highland lake levels. Residents tell FOX 7 they'll do whatever is necessary to conserve.

"The grass is already just about gone, so to be restricted to one day a week isn't a problem," says Garza. Fellow resident Brent Hoffer adds, "We just have to do what needs to be done. (I) can't afford to pay those fines."

City officials say enforcing these restrictions is what has to be done.

"It is the responsible thing to do. All of Central Texas needs to look at that if the water supply is dwindling. You have to have water for the future. It's very important that you educate citizens in your community and conserve water today so we have it tomorrow."

It is up to each municipality to develop a drought contingency plan. Water restriction phases are triggered by different factors. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, if the Highland Lakes combined storage falls to 600,000 acre-feet, a 20% reduction in water use would be put into place. That's when further restrictions would be implemented which is a possibility if the drought continues.

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