Will spring showers ease Abilene's water restrictions?

Abilene water customers still under one day a week watering restrictions

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/.

In San Angelo, find your water conservation plan at http://www.cosatx.us./departments-services/water-conservation.

For other cities and towns around the Big Country, contact your City Hall.

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