As the historic drought continues to drag on with no sign of relenting, more and more Central Texas cities are restricting the use of water as it becomes increasingly scarce.
Austin city leaders have instated Stage 2 water restrictions, meaning that Austinites are allowed to water their lawns just once a week.
Pflugerville, Austin’s neighbor to the north, has joined Austin in limiting the way its residents can use their water. It recently moved into its Stage 3 phase of water restrictions which—like Austin’s Stage 2—restricts residents to once-a-week watering.
"Lake Pflugerville looks full, and it is full right now, but some of the lakes that contribute to our lake are not," Teri Waggoner with the city of Pflugerville said.
Cedar Park city leaders also instituted once-a-week watering restrictions on Aug. 1. Both cities want to cut use before more restrictions kick in.
"The city would be required to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent, and so we're going ahead and being proactive and getting people into the habit of this now," Jennie Huerta with Cedar Park said.
Cedar Park residents will pay about nine percent more while mandatory restrictions are in effect.
"The cost of bringing the water to the community does not go down when the consumption goes down," Huerta said.
Both Cedar Park and Pflugerville depend on the Highland Lakes for water supply, but Round Rock has a different source.
"We have several wells we use. We have Lake Georgetown and Lake Stillhouse Hollow which are in the Brazos basin," Michael Thane with the city of Round Rock said.
Water restrictions in Round Rock are on voluntary basis only—for now.
"Probably around October, Lake Georgetown reaching that level where we would have to institute some restrictions, as in twice-a week-mandatory, which is our next stage," Thane said.
Depending on your city, there may be other water use limitations, like methods of watering and sprinklers allowed.
Check below for a list of area cities and their water conservation plans.
Water conservation plans by town: