As the weather warms up, the City of Lubbock is reminding citizens that some drought restrictions are still in place, and additional annual water conservation measures will begin soon.

Stage 1 drought restrictions are currently in place, which places restrictions on when homes may use their sprinkler systems.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, landscape irrigation is allowed during two assigned days per week, and the schedules are based on the last digit of the house address.

Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 may water on Mondays and Thursdays. Homes with addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 may water on Tuesdays and Fridays, and addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 are allowed to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering are allowed any day at any time. Also, City operations and wholesale customers must adhere to restrictions as well.

Irrigating new landscape material requires a specific variance when watering outside of a property’s allotted day. Variance applications are available at www.water.mylubbock.us.

On April 1st, 2014, the City’s annual water conservation measures begin, and some changes will be made to watering schedules.

On your scheduled watering day, irrigation is allowed from midnight until 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight. No irrigation is allowed from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on any day from April 1st through September 30th.

Also, irrigation must not produce significant runoff, and residents must irrigate less than 1.5 inches of water per week. Also, do not irrigate when it is raining.

For the past three years, the South Plains has experienced extreme drought conditions, and 2014 is expected to be another hot, dry year. Based on that forecast, the City is expected to remain in Stage 1 drought restrictions for the summer.