The City of Tyler announced yesterday that they will implement “Step Two” of the cities Drought Contingency Measures starting today.

Although the City has experienced some rain events in the last month, it has not been enough precipitation to refill our reservoirs,” said Water Utilities Managing Director Greg Morgan.  “We feel that because of the dry weather conditions we have been experiencing in the last year and the predictions of a dry spring and summer in the upcoming year, it is in the best interest of Tyler’s long term planning efforts to take this action at this time.

The city press release goes on to say:

Step Two drought measures call for mandatory water conservation measures to prohibit water waste. Water waste is defined as washing house windows, sidings, eaves and roof with a hose (without the use of a bucket); washing driveways, streets, curbs and gutters, washing vehicles without a cut-off valve and bucket; unattended sprinkling of landscape shrubs and grass; and filling of swimming pools.

Outdoor water usage, such as irrigation of landscaped areas, is limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) or Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9). Additionally, irrigation should be done between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Use of hand-held hoses, watering cans and drip systems for irrigation may be done at any time.

The goal of the Step Two drought measures is to reduce water consumption by 10 percent.