Effective Sunday, Oct. 9, the City of Tyler Water Utilities Department is implementing voluntary “Step One” of the Drought Contingency Measures as outlined in Article X (Water Conservation/Emergency Demand Management Plan) of the City of Tyler Code of Ordinances.
Step One Drought Measures are typically taken when the average daily water consumption reaches 85 percent of the system’s production capacity.  Tyler’s capacity is currently 72 million gallons per day; eight million gallons from deep water wells, 34 million gallons from Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East and 30 million from Lake Palestine*.
The peak use this year was on Aug. 15 when 49 million gallons were used.  However, the average use this summer was 40.9 million gallons which is still well below the 85 percent consumption rate of 61.2 million gallons per day which triggers drought measures.
Voluntary Step One modified drought measures call for residents to voluntarily conserve water and limit irrigation of landscaped areas to Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) or Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9).  Additionally, irrigation should be done between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Additional steps that the City will take under Step One include expedited repair of water line breaks, reducing flushing of water mains and discontinuing fire hydrant testing.