The Brazos River Authority on Friday informed customers accessing water from the Lake Georgetown-Stillhouse Hollow subsystem that a Stage 1 Drought Watch has been declared.
The drought watch is the result of prolonged dry weather conditions in portions of the Brazos basin and is a response to new drought trigger levels established by the BRA’s updated drought contingency plan, according to a news release. The Lake Georgetown-Stillhouse Hollow subsystem fell below the new Stage 1 Drought Watch trigger of 220,503 acre-feet of combined storage the week of Nov. 20.
The goals of the Stage 1 Drought Watch are a voluntary reduction of 5 percent of water usage and to raise awareness of the developing drought situation.
Local areas impacted by the drought watch include: Harker Heights, Lampasas, the Chisholm Trail Special Utility Districts, and the Central Texas, Kempner, Dog Ridge and Salado water supply companies.