Living in West Texas means that water conservation is a part of every day life. While we may not think about it as often as we should, water is a precious resource. Some years it is more plentiful, and some years it's not. It simply depends on what Mother Nature has planned.

San Angelo is changing it's water restrictions as of Wednesday, April 1st. Outside watering will be allowed twice (2 times) every seven days. This keeps with the City of San Angelo's drought contingency ordinance.

San Angelo is currently under standard conservation, which limits watering to twice every seven days from April 1 through Oct. 31, but prohibits watering from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. By ordinance, watering restrictions tighten to once every seven days from Nov. 1 through March 31. Watering is limited to no more than 1 inch per application. Regardless of the drought stage, it is always a violation to allow water to run more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch.

Watering violations can be reported to the Code Compliance Division, emailing james.flores@cosatx.us, or by calling 325-277-8906 or 325-657-4409.

There are several 'small' ways that you can help conserve water while you are doing everyday chores and activities in and about your house that can end up make a big difference:

  • Take shorter showers
  •  Don't continuously run water while brushing teeth
  • Don't continuously run water while rinsing dishes
  • Check toilets, faucets, shower-heads, and pipes for leaks
  • Only wash full load in washer and dishwasher
  • Install water saving faucets, shower-heads, toilets, washer, dishwasher, etc.

In case you didn't know:

  • As of March 26, Ivie was at 14 percent capacity, Twin Buttes was at 8 percent and Nasworthy 78 percent. O.C. Fisher Reservoir was at 1 percent.
  • San Angelo has received 3.93 inches of rainfall to date this year.
  • Normally, San Angelo averages 3.51 inches through March 25.
  • Last year, the city had received 0.10 inches by that date.
  • Construction of a groundwater treatment facility to treat water from the Hickory Aquifer in McCulloch County is nearing completion. That water will be used to supplement San Angelo’s surface water supply.