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Conserving water is one of the most important issues we face as a community. Drought and greater risk for wildfires have demonstrated a bigger need in preserving the quality and quantity of water supplies. The continuing drought conditions in McLennan County make water conservation even more vital this summer.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor*, all of McLennan County is currently classified as being in at least Severe (Level 2) Drought, with more than 40% of the county classified as Extreme (Level 3) Drought, and a smaller portion of the county classified as Exceptional (Level 4) Drought.
The City of Robinson's Drought Contingency Plan calls for the city to continually monitor the water supply and potential water demands from May through September 30th of the same year and that the City Manager may request voluntary restrictions or initiate mandatory restrictions as he deems necessary, based on current conditions. Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan is activated by either 1) when continually falling treated water reservoir levels are taken as a total that does not refill above 80 percent overnight, or ( 2) when between May and July 1st, the raw water reservoir is at or below 90 percent of capacity.
The city has not officially initiated the Drought Contingency plan, but if or when, it would begin with implementing Stage 2, mentioned above. To find the city’s Drought Contingency Plan click here.
Find tips on how to conserve water here and here.
*The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.