Lake Brownwood is 76 percent full and has a four-year supply of water if no rainfall occurs.

But a “mild” drought has prompted the Brown County Water Improvement District to activate Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan as of Thursday, which calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in water use among water customers.

There are no mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering.

According to an email from the office of water district general manager John Allen: 

Drought conditions are widespread across the state.

 The Brown County Water Improvement District is experiencing mild drought conditions and encourages all citizens to help conserve water resources.

Our water system is under Stage 1 water-use restrictions as of Thursday. 

Voluntary restrictions

• Customers are encouraged to limit nonessential water use to prevent further restrictions.

• Customers are specifically encouraged to limit watering for landscape use, and to only water after 7 p.m. and before 10 a.m.

• Outdoor restrictions — none at this time.

• All controllable leaks should be repaired within a reasonable time.

For updates on water-use restrictions, visit BCWID.org

Water conservation tips

Customers are encouraged to reduce their water usage as much as possible.

Try following a few of the following tips:

• About 50 percent of water used outdoors is wasted due to improper installation, maintenance, and use of watering systems.

To make sure you get the most out of watering your lawn and garden, have your system inspected each year by a licensed irrigator to ensure proper operation.

• Install inexpensive faucet aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.

• Check your faucets, and fix any leak you find. Faucet leaks can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.

• Test your toilet for leaks; a leaking toilet can waste up to 73,000 gallons of water a year.

To test, add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water in the tank, but do not flush the toilet. Watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. If it does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.

• Look for water-efficient models when replacing plumbing fixtures or appliances. A water-efficient clothes washer uses 50 percent less water than a conventional model.

Water-efficient plumbing fixtures can reduce water use by 25 to 60 percent.