Drought Management Plan

Drought Managment Plan

Penalties for Violations

Variance Request


The purpose of the CLWSC Drought Management Plan is to provide a strategy for the conservation of available water resources with an emphasis on maintaining available water supplies for the health and safety of the public.  The Plan is structured to facilitate CLWSC’s ability to provide continuous and adequate service to our retail, bulk, and wholesale water customers in accordance with the requirements established by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) during emergency or drought conditions.


Current Drought Stage: NONE 


Levels of Rationing By Stage

Drought Stage implementation is determined by threshold levels of consumption or supply, the level of Canyon Lake, or any combination of these.

Stage 1 – Mild Conditions

Landscape watering is limited to two days per week according to the street address:

Last Digit of Street Address Designated Irrigation Days
Even (0,2,4,6,8) Monday and Thursday
Odd (1,3,5,7,9) Tuesday and Friday

If no street address is associated with the property, or there is more than one address, the irrigation days are Monday and Friday.

Stage 2 – Moderate Conditions

Landscape watering is limited to one day per week according to the street address:

Last Digit of Street Address Designated Irrigation Days
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday

If no street address is associated with the property, or there is more than one address, the irrigation day is Wednesday.

Stage 3 – Severe Conditions

Stage 3 has the same landscape water rationing as Stage 2, one day per week, but is limited to every other week.

Stage 4 – Emergency Conditions

The Chief Operating Officer will assess the severity of the problem and identify actions needed and time required to solve the problem.  Customers and necessary officials will be notified of appropriate actions regarding the problem in question.




Penalties for Violations

CLWSC may enact the following penalties for violations of the rationing requirements:

First Violation:    

CLWSC will issue a written warning.

Second Violation:     

CLWSC may install a flow restrictor in the customer’s service line.  The cost of this shall be the actual cost to do the work and not exceed $100.00.*

Subsequent Violations:     

CLWSC may terminate service for up to 7 consecutive days and charge the most current reconnection fee to restore service.*


*Please note that second and subsequent violation penalties will not be carried out without investigation or observation by CLWSC.




Variance Requests

Variance Application

Please note that drip irrigation and soaker hoses do not require a variance – you may use drip irrigation, a soaker hose, or hand-water any day of the week.


Those who install new landscapes during declared drought stages may apply for a variance to the two-day-per-week watering rules. If approved, your request may allow daily watering for up to two weeks following the granting of a variance.  All water consumption charges incurred through the exercise of this variance are the responsibility of the account holder.

Beautification landscape projects do not qualify for a variance. Aesthetic and large-scale landscape projects should be undertaken when drought periods are over. Replacing or adding plants or turf to existing, established landscapes is highly discouraged and generally will not be granted a variance unless extenuating circumstances exist. Over-seeding existing turf is not considered new landscape and will not be given an exemption.

Any properties with in-ground irrigation systems must have the following in accordance with the CLWSC Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Program:

  • Backflow device present
  • Current backflow inspection on file (every year)


Please note that you will still be held to the following restrictions:

  • All additional irrigation must be done before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • No water may run off landscape to impervious surfaces (where water can’t be absorbed into the ground).
  • Some soils cannot absorb a 10-minute irrigation run time without water running off the landscape.  If this is the case, it is your responsibility to ensure that you adjust times accordingly to prevent runoff.
  • Be aware that the recommendations provided for establishment are maximum amounts allowed under the variance.  Each location is different so you should monitor your landscape and use the least amount necessary to ensure plant survival.
  • Be aware that depending on your current water usage, your water bill may increase significantly. You are responsible for all the water you use under this variance.
  • If the property requesting the variance is found to be noncompliant with any of the above requirements, the variance will be revoked immediately.