Brown County Water Improvement District board members will consider ordering Stage 4 of the Drought Contingency Plan when they meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
If board members to order Stage 4 Tuesday, it will follow weeks of officials talking about Stage 4 and trying to determine what it will mean for Lake Brownwood water users as the lake slips toward the Stage 4 trigger point.
Initially, officials said Stage 4 would mean all outside watering would be prohibited. Officials have more recently said that's a drastic action that would mean the loss of lawns and trees and cause property values to fall. Officials have said instead water users will be asked to reduce water consumption by 50 percent, but base numbers have not yet been established.
Officials have been discussing other ways to reduce water use including reducing the hours in the one day that outdoor watering is now allowed, allowing hand-held watering and considering a tiered billing system or surcharges.
Officials have also said it will be necessary to step up enforcement of water restrictions.
In other business Tuesday, board members will:
• Hear updates on the lake level and on projects including the test water well. Drilling is in the beginning stages on the well.
• Consider a request for the use of air boats on Lake Brownwood.
• Consider a request from MP2 Energy to purchase three acres of district property at Camp Bowie.
Also Tuesday, lake patrol officer John Windham will be administered the oath of office.