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Round Rock, Georgetown under emergency water restrictions

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The cities of Round Rock and Georgetown enlisted emergency water restrictions Friday following a malfunction at the Brazos River Authority.

The water agency was forced to shut down pumping Oct. 5, and enacted a Stage III drought emergency for the areas Friday, effective immediately.

The Bravos River Authority manages two lakes, Lake Stillhouse and Lake Georgetown, which serve as Round Rock and Gerogetown’s primary source of water, according to officials.

Round Rock hopes to cut back on water use by 50 percent. One of the key mandates under Stage III is no outdoor watering of any kind is allowed.

Here’s more information on the new restrictions, courtesy the City of Round Rock:

• Irrigation is prohibited, including foundation watering, using permanently installed irrigation systems, hose end irrigation, or drip irrigation. Hand watering with a hose is also prohibited.
• Irrigation of professional athletic fields is prohibited.
• Irrigation of youth and amateur athletic fields is prohibited.
• The washing of automobiles, trucks, boats, etc., is prohibited, including at commercial car washes.
• The filling, refilling, or adding of potable water to public and private swimming or wading pools is prohibited.
• No new landscapes of any type may be established.

Any violations of these restrictions is a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $2,000.

Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District and the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District are also affected. Officials at the Brazos River Authority expect repairs to last two weeks.

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