BPUB Announces Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions
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Every year on May 1, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) implements a Stage 1 Voluntary Water Use Restriction in anticipation of the hot South Texas summers. So effective Friday May 1, 2015, BPUB will enter Stage 1 of its drought plan.
“We want to take every step possible to make sure we can supply everyone with adequate and reliable service during the months to come,” said BPUB General Manager and CEO John S. Bruciak, P.E. “Stage 1 Water Restrictions will remain in effect until the restrictions have been canceled or Stage 2 goes into effect. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us in the preservation of this precious resource.”
During Stage 1, water customers are requested to practice voluntary conservation and to minimize or discontinue non-essential water use, using the following recommendations:
- Irrigate landscaped areas on a twice-per-week schedule. Irrigate only from midnight to 7 a.m. or 7 p.m. through midnight. This includes pumping from resacas for lawn irrigation.
- Irrigate landscaped areas with a hand-held garden hose, soaker hose, hand-held bucket or water can, hose-end sprinkler, irrigation system, computer-controlled irrigation system, or drip irrigation system to reduce waste.
- Reduce or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes such as washing paved areas or other hard-surfaced areas except to alleviate public safety and/or health hazards.
Additionally, BPUB asks residents to refrain from pumping water from the resacas to slow depletion, due to an extended period of dry weather, and to avoid damaging homeowner pumping equipment.
For more information on water conservation or drought conservation stages, please visit www.brownsville-pub.com or call 956-983-6121. The BPUB website has several tools in its GoGreen section that give tips on how to reduce water use. BPUB will also provide useful water conservation tips on its Facebook and Twitter (BPUB_Tweets) profiles.
Notification of implementation of Section 5 (a) (1) Voluntary Water Conservation of City Ordinance No. 2006-1134-B titled Drought Contingency Plan. Effective midnight, Friday, May 1, 2015.