GALVESTON — The city of Galveston will enact Stage 2 drought plans Friday, according to a news release sent out by the city Wednesday evening.
Stage 2 restrictions limit the times and days property owners can use automatic sprinkler systems.
Watering from hose-end or automatic sprinklers will be limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays for homes and businesses east of 103rd Street and to Wednesdays and Friday for those west of 103rd Street.
All watering must be done before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Watering using a hand-held hose or watering can is allowed at any time on the designated days.
The restrictions also apply to washing private vehicles, including cars and boats, only on the allowed days and only with bucket or hose with a shut-off nozzle. Commercial carwashes are not effected.
In addition, swimming pools can only be filled during the designated days and times; filling ornamental fountains or ponds with potable water is prohibited; the use of fire hydrants will be limited to fire fighting; and watering at golf courses is limited to the designated day. Restaurants will only be allowed to serve potable water to patrons upon request.
The restrictions will continue until further notice. Violating the restrictions can result in fines.
Last week, some Galveston County water districts issues voluntary water restrictions as a result of low water levels in reservoirs along the Brazos River, which supplies most of the fresh water for Galveston County.
To report water leaks or violations, call the Public Works Department, 409-797-3630. To report leaks after-hours, call 409-766-2115. To report violations after 5 p.m. weekdays, as well as on weekends, call the Galveston Police Department’s nonemergency number, 409-765-3702.