ABILENE, Texas - Recent rain helped the parched soil, but it might not be enough to improve Abilene watering restrictions.
Abilene is still under one-day-a-week watering.
On your permitted day, you can water between midnight and 10 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and midnight.
Tommy O'Brien, the city of Abilene's director of water utilities, said it'll take more than a few showers to change the conservation plan.
One of Abilene's chief water suppliers, Lake Ft. Phantom Hill, would need a big boost.
"We would have to see enough rain to where the lake would raise at least three feet, a little over three feet," O'Brien said.
The current water conservation plan applies to any home that receives water from the city of Abilene and waters with a sprinkler system.
However, homes with water wells or those who water with a hand-held garden hose, can water on any day.
The current once-a-week watering plan has been in effect since 2011 and Abilene residents have done well with it.
If you're caught violating the ordinance, though, the fines start at $50 for first time offenders and can be as much as $250 for repeat offenders.
If you're unsure of your watering day in Abilene, visit http://www.abilenetx.com/WaterUtilitiesDept/yearround.htm.
Brownwood watering days can be found at http://www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/.
For other cities and towns around the Big Country, contact your City Hall.