Drought Contingency

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Rescind Stage 3 - Severe Water Shortage Conditions



Effective April 17, 2020


On January 13th, 2016, Stephens Regional SUD temporarily entered into our Stage 3 Drought Contingency Plan Due to operational conditions and constraints on the District’s water treatment plant’s ability to produce water. Conditions have improved; therefore, Stephens Regional S U D officially rescinds Drought Stage 3 effective immediately.

If further information is needed, contact Stephens Regional S U D’s office at 254-559-6180.

Stage 3 - Severe Water Shortage Conditions


Effective: January 13, 2016


Due to current operational conditions and constraints on our water treatment plant’s ability to produce water, it is necessary for the District to temporarily enter into Stage 3 of our Drought Contingency Plan.Restrictions will continue until further notice. For additional information call Stephens Regional SUD’s office at 254-559-6180.


Water use restrictions for reducing demand are as follows:


  1. Irrigation of landscaped areas is absolutely prohibited.


  2. Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is absolutely prohibited.


  3. The filling, refilling, or adding to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited.


  4. Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life and where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.


  5. Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except that use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under special permit from Stephens Regional SUD.


  6. All restaurants are requested to serve water only upon request of the patron.


  7. Livestock watering tanks shall be filled by hand in lieu of automatic or float valves.


  8. The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and should be refrained from: 

    a. Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;

    b.  Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;

    c.  Use of water for dust control;

    d. Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; and

    e. Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak.

  9. No application for new, additional, expanded, or increased-in-size water service connections, meters, service lines, pipeline extension, mains, or water service facilities of any kind shall be approved, and time limits for approval of such applications are hereby suspended for such time as this drought response state or a higher-numbered stage shall be in effect.