The city of Killeen enters stage one of its water conservation plan today.
Steve Kana, city director of water and sewer utilities, said stage one is voluntary and runs through the end of September.
“As we all know, Texas has been in a drought for several years now. Water conservation becomes incredibly important during the months of May through September when people use the most water to irrigate their lawns and things like that,” he said. “It’s important, if we are going to help the drought situation, that we all do our part in conserving water.”
In 1998, the Killeen City Council adopted the current water conservation plan, which determines how residents should use water resources from May 1 to Sept. 30 annually.
Stage one automatically goes into effect each year, Kana said.
Residents can conserve water by limiting water use when watering their lawns to water between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. when the heat isn’t at its peak, Kana said.
Another way residents can aid in the conservation effort is by checking for leaky pipes and having them fixed.
The goal of automatically enacting stage one is an initiative to avoid advancing past it into one of the following four stages of conservation.
Kana said the city advances into more serious stages of conservation when it gets notice from the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, which is the city’s water provider, or the Brazos River Authority.