City of Victoria lifts stage III drought restrictions, returning to Stage II | Victoria Television Group | Victoria Television Group

VICTORIA, Texas – The City of Victoria has returned to Stage II of its drought contingency plan. Although the City has lifted some of its drought restrictions, residents must continue to conserve water by limiting some types of nonessential water usage to the cooler times of the day.

In August, the City entered Stage III of its drought contingency plan due to the City’s primary water reservoir water level dropping to 42 feet above mean sea level, about 50% of its total capacity. The decrease was a result of a low rainfall upstream for a long period. This caused the Guadalupe River level to drop and limited the City’s ability to pump water from the river.

Due to recent rainfall upstream, the Guadalupe River rose, allowing the City to pump more water to help meet demand. According to the City, the water level in off-channel reservoir No. 8 has now risen to 52 feet above mean seal level for 14 consecutive days. As a result, Victoria has terminated the Stage II of the drought contingency plan.

Under Stage II of the plan, residents no longer have to follow many of the Stage III restrictions. These restrictions include the limitation of watering to designated days. Residents must still continue to follow certain mandatory restrictions, including the following:

  • limit certain types of nonessential water usage to the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight
  • use a positive shut-off nozzle when watering lawns at any time of the day

Activities are limited to certain times to avoid water loss through evaporation. These activities include using an automatic lawn sprinkler or hose-end sprinkler, filling pools and washing vehicles, although this restriction does not apply to commercial car washes and service stations.

You can find a full list of Stage II restrictions here .

The City of Victoria will terminate Stage II restrictions and re-enter Stage One once the flow of the Guadalupe River rises above the Stage II threshold for a period of 14 consecutive days.

Public Works Director Ken Gill released the following statement

“Based on the weather and the river levels, we are hopeful that we will soon be able to lift the remaining mandatory restrictions if residents do their part to conserve water,” said Public Works Director Ken Gill.

For more information about the drought contingency plan, visit or contact Public Works at 361-485-3381.

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