Water conservation rules OK'd by city

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg water customers will have to make adjustments to their outdoor watering schedules after the Fredericksburg City Council approved a water conservation ordinance at its regular meeting Monday evening,

Effective May 1, the ordinance will allow watering only between 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. in most stages, although the city is expected to drop from Stage 4 restrictions to Stage 3 restrictions once the changes take effect.

“We understand that it’s going to take a while for a lot of folks to make this transition,” city director of public works and utilities Clinton Bailey said. “Our intention is not to just lower the hammer on the people that are watering outside of their prescribed times or days and hand out a lot of violations.”

New hours, days

Changes to hours and days of watering will take effect in the first four stages, while stage five will continue to allow no outdoor watering.

Currently, in Stages 1-4, customers are allowed to water from midnight to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight on their designated days.

Changes to the watering restrictions will see these hours cut in half, with watering times in all four stages set from 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.

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