Nov. 3, 2022
Buda to Move into Stage 2 Drought Measures
BUDA, TEXAS – The City of Buda is implementing “Stage 2” drought conservation measures beginning Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.
The move to Stage 2 restrictions is partially precipitated by the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s (BSEACD) move to Stage 3 restrictions for the Barton Springs Segment of the aquifer. The City of Buda receives approximately 25% of its water supply from the Edwards Aquifer.
“It is imperative that we do our part to help mitigate the impact on declining groundwater levels and the health of Barton Springs,” Buda’s Assistant Director of Public Works Blake Neffendorf said. “Outdoor landscaping watering needs tend to be minimal during late fall and winter months.”
The Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer continues to decline and has reached critical level. At the same time, recent rainfall has not produced sufficient runoff to recharge groundwater levels.
The following table outlines the restrictions for Stage II. Water conservation information can be found at https://www.budatx.gov/232/Water-Conservation Code Ordinance Section 24.06
Stage II Restrictions
Waste of Water
Prohibited at all times
Irrigation with hose-end and automatic sprinkler systems
Twice per week on designated day; prohibited between the hours of midnight and 7 p.m.
Irrigation with handheld bucket, handheld hose, soaker hose, or drip irrigation system
Irrigation of vegetable gardens
Allowed using a handheld bucket, handheld hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system on any day but prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Irrigation to protect trees
Allowed using a soaker hose, automatic bubbler, tree watering bag, or similar device placed within the tree’s dripline on any day but prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Subject to the time restrictions when using automated irrigation systems but may operate any day. Use of handheld bucket, handheld hose with positive shutoff device, soaker hose, and/or drip irrigation systems are permitted at any time on any day
Any day and at any time. However, saturation to the point it causes pooling in the yard or runoff is prohibited
Aesthetic water features
Non-Recirculating prohibited at all times
Washing of impervious surfaces
Prohibited, unless required for health and safety
Other Nonessential water uses
Allowed, but all reasonable measures shall be taken to limit the use.
Construction Water used for non-potable needs, such as dust suppression, shall utilize alternative sources of water such as rainwater, graywater, and reclaimed water to the maximum extent available. The City Manager may cap withdrawals from construction meters connected to the City water system.
The City of Buda is home to about 18,000 residents and has earned designations as a “Texas Main Street City,” “Tree City USA,” “Bee City Affiliate” and “Platinum Level Scenic City.” Buda is situated along the Interstate 35 corridor, has 14 parks and a historic downtown district where residents and visitors alike can shop, dine, relax, and breathe easy here.
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