UPDATED March 2015: Water Restriction Information from the City of Rockport, Texas

(Updated March, 2015)

Water Restrictions are in ForceThe City of Rockport is currently in Stage 2 of mandatory water conservation. Combined water levels for Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon are nearing the levels that will move us to Stage 3.

Wednesday – Odd numbered residences
Thursday – Multifamily and commercial

Property owners using water wells, wastewater treatment plant effluent, or gray water for irrigation are exempt from the restrictions; however, the ordinance does require those users to post a sign stating the water used for irrigation is from a private well, wastewater treatment plant effluent, gray water or source other than the city's water supply. It is a separate violation to display a sign which falsely claims the water used to be from another source.

Stage 2, which is part of the City’s Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Plan, limits watering to once a week between the hours of 6 pm and 10 am. Anyone utilizing city water and not following the mandatory guidelines for water restrictions will be issued a citation.

The watering schedule for Stage 2 is:

Tuesday – Even numbered residences
The City implemented Stage 2 in response to the combined lake storage levels of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon dropping to 40 percent of capacity.
Rockport buys treated water from the San Patricio Municipal Water District (SPMWD) which, in turn, buys raw water from the City of Corpus Christi. SPMWD and the City of Corpus Christi implemented similar restrictions. The City’s contract with SPMWD requires the City to follow SPMWD’s plan.
The City of Rockport will continue to monitor lake levels and adjust the plan’s stage level as needed. For additional information on the plan, click on the link below. 

Customers with questions are encouraged to contact the Public Works Department at (361) 790-1160.


Vicki Pitluk said…
thanks for sharing. As of this morning, the Lake CC/Choke Canyon capacity was at 44.2%. We need rain and voluntary conservation otherwise it'll be mandatory real soon.
Anonymous said…
I keep seeing people watering their lawns in the middle of the day. Urrr. Should we or can be report this to the city?
WWN said…
A city representative has told the WWN in an email that the folks who are illegally watering during the restricted times can be reported to our local Environmental Specialist, Kendra Baird, at 361-790-1160.

Keep in mind too, that perhaps some folks just don't know the rules, and we recommend starting with a kind word. The PDF linked above in this post, can be printed from any computer for reference. Thank you for your question!
Anonymous said…
We are at our Fulton Beach Road (outside city limits) house only on weekends. Can we get a permit to water on Saturdays?
Kendra Baird, Environmental Specialist, City of Rockport said…
Unfortunately we are unable to make those type of exceptions. If we did it for one person then we would have to do it for everybody and there is no way we could keep track of all of that.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or if I can ever be of any assistance.
Anonymous said…
Times like these are when we should be thinking about rainwater cisterns. The average house has enough roof area to keep quite a large cistern full even during periods of low rainfall. Our 20,000-gallon cistern has gone dry only once in the last 6 years, during the extended exceptional drought about 3 years ago. If you use rainwater to supply the house, you'll need some careful plumbing and filtering, but if it's just for irrigation that's not an issue at all: all you'll need are gutters, the biggest cistern you can afford or find room for, some hoses, and a pump. A rainwater cistern also has the advantage of supplying nice, clean water without salt or minerals, which your plants will appreciate.

Wendy Laubach
Anonymous said…
I am interested in installing a rainwater cistern at my home in Rockport. Who would you recommend for installation of a system like yours, and who did you use to install the one you have? Thank you for the idea Wendy.
Anonymous said…
You can reach me at wendy dot laubach at earthlink dot net. I think we bought the cistern from Dripping Springs, but I can give you a lot more information about the whole system if you'll get in touch directly! And you might want to come look at it.

Wendy Laubach
Anonymous said…
Did you see we might have rain this week. I'm keep my fingers crossed and doing my rain dance! LOL

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