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Low water levels at Hubbard Creek Reservoir concern Breckenridge residents

Some believe Abilene should be under same water restrictions as Breckenridge

Hubbard Creek Resevoir

BRECKENRIDGE,Texas - Frustration is being felt by many residents in Breckenridge regarding the low water levels at the Hubbard Creek Reservoir.

The reservoir is currently only 19.5 percent full – or the lowest it has been since the reservoir was built.

Currently, Breckenridge is currently under a Stage 2 water restriction, meaning residents can only water their yards once a week on their designated days. Residents also aren't allowed to wash their cars, houses, driveways or fill empty swimming pools.

Violators face citations of up to $500. Repeat violators can have their water turned off.

"It makes me extremely mad," Breckenridge resident Jill Kirk said Monday. "It affects me because it affects my parents and it affects my kids because we live off of my dad's garden."

Breckenridge City Manager Andy McCuistion said Hubbard is only 2 1/2 feet away from reaching a Stage 3 restriction.

"At stage three, there will be no outdoor watering, no unnecessary use of water anywhere," McCuistion said.

The city of Abilene, which draws water from Hubbard, remains under Stage 1 restrictions.

Although Abilene is currently under restrictions, some Breckenridge residents believe that all cities using Hubbard Creek Reservoir – including Abilene, Albany and Anson – should be under the same restriction.

"I really think that all the counties need to step up their water restrictions," Breckenridge resident Gary Boggs said.  "Shut down a bunch of excess watering that we are using. I think a lot of it is unnecessary."

Abilene also draws water from Lake OH Ivie and Lake Fort Phantom.

The city of Abilene's Director of Utilities Tommy O'Brien issued a statement addressing current restrictions:

"Currently, Abilene is under Stage 1 water conservation measures allowing outdoor lawn watering one day per week; and not allowing such outdoor lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the person's designated watering day," the statement said.

"These measures are implemented per the Water Conservation Plan ordinance, often referred to as the Drought Contingency Plan. Enforcement is per the ordinance and occurs when city staff observe a violation of the ordinance.

"Tickets are given for violations. The city of Abilene continues to monitor and respond to this record drought by working to minimize the impacts to our citizens in a responsible manner."

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