The additional outdoor watering day scheduled this week is for City of Brownwood customers only, officials with the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1 and the city said.
But still, it’s a one-time event, Dennis Spinks, general manager of the water district, said, and most water users continue to be under drought contingency plan use restrictions.
“We need to clarify that this is only for City of Brownwood water customers,” Spinks said Friday.
The water district is poised to give final acceptance to its microfiltration water treatment plant, and it needs to make sure the plant can produce the 7.5 million gallons of water a day at which it is rated.
The water district will make a three-day test run, and Brownwood water users are being given an extra day to water so the treatment plant can be tested.
For schools, parks, sports fields and Howard Payne University, the additional day to water is Wedneday, May 9.
For residents and businesses, the additional day to water is Thursday, May 10.
Swimming pools may be filled on May 9 and May 10 with no violations.
Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree also emphasized that the extra outside watering day plan is for Brownwood customers only.
Otherwise, the approved days for outside watering are Monday for odd-numbered addresses, and Tuesday for even-numbered addresses. On those days, watering is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Spinks said Early draws untreated water from the district and treats the supply in its own plant. And customers on the Brookesmith line are subject to surcharges if usage reaches certain levels, and it would be difficult for that supplier to determine when the additional water was used when bills are prepared.
Spinks said the water district is confident the plant can produce 7.5 million of gallons a day.
With the exception of these test days, Stage III requirements are still in effect and will continue until further notice.
Water waste is prohibited. Water waste is defined as allowing runoff in the streets or alleys, over watering of lawns, or leaking pipes that are not repaired.
Customers are asked to continue to use this water wisely. Free information on ways to conserve is available at the City of Brownwood city hall in the public information center. Information is also available on the city’s website www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/.