The City of Lubbock will enter Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan later this year unless drought conditions diminish.

The City says that Stage 2 will begin on June 1st, 2014 unless considerable amounts of rain alleviate the severe drought problems in the area.

Under Stage 2, landscape irrigation will only be allowed once per week, and the schedule will be based on the last digit of the street address.

No irrigation will be allowed to occur during 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but that is already in effect under Stage 1. Irrigation must be limited to 1.5 inches of water per week, and must be done without significant runoff.

New plant material may be irrigated more frequently for a limited time if a variance request is approved by the City of Lubbock.

Hand watering, done by holding the water hose in your hands, is allowed at any time on any day.

The mandatory non-essential water use restrictions included in Stage 2 do not allow for washing vehicles at residences; no spray down of hard-surfaced areas; no spray down of buildings, no flushing gutters; and no use of water in fountains or ponds for aesthetic purposes except to support aquatic life.

Lubbock’s water supply is diversified, with approximately 80 percent of the City’s water coming from groundwater from the City-owned Bailey County Well Field and the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority’s well field in Roberts County. The other 20 percent comes from Lake Alan Henry, which is at 63 percent of its total capacity.

All City operations and wholesale customers will be required to adhere to the drought contingency restrictions.

For more information regarding the City’s Stage 1 water restrictions that are currently in place, click here.