After the level of Lake Brownwood gained more than four feet since Sept. 28, the drought contingency plan could be eased from Stage 3 to Stage 2. But with no promise of future rains, the board of the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1 voted Tuesday to retain the Stage 3 conservations measures.

“I don’t think anyone disagrees that we should stay in Stage 3,” water district General Manager Dennis Spinks said. “With usage down, I don’t think it would be a problem.”

The lake level Tuesday stood at 1,415.87, 9.13 feet below spillway. The lake level has risen 4.17 feet in the past 12 days. Spinks said the lake level has now stabilized, but any additional rain received would mostly flow into the lake.

“The ground is saturated,” Spinks said. “It is primed.”

Under the district’s drought contingency plan, the trigger level between Stage 2 and Stage 3 is at 1,414.0.

In Stage 3, outdoor watering is limited to once a week, with odd-numbered addresses watering on Mondays, and even-numbered addresses on Tuesdays. Even on those days, watering is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.