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.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

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