Important Water Information

September 18, 2023

Current water situation:

Overall supply: 64.8 percent (down from 65.7 last week)

Average weekly use: 5.22 million gallons per day (down from 5.85 last week)

Stage 1 — Supply at 80 to 70 percent
Stage 2 — Supply at 69 to 60 percent
Stage 3 — Supply at 59 to 50 percent
Stage 4 — Supply below 50 percent

The City is technically in Stage 2 of the Water Shortage Ordinance. However, the ordinance was placed on hold by the City Council earlier this month, pending a review and recommendations from the Water Resources Committee, and further action by the council.

Lake Levels

Hulah Lake – 96 percent
Copan Lake – 41.8 percent
Hudson Lake – 76.4 percent
Caney River – 100 percent


Some ways you can help:

  • Take shorter showers. This is the No. 1 most effective thing we can do (indoors) to conserve.
  • Consider installing “low flow” plumbing, i.e., toilets, shower heads, etc. Also, replace any leaky or defective parts.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Never use the toilet as a wastebasket. Only human waste and toilet paper should go into the toilet — ever.
  • Run the washing machine only when full and adjust the water level setting carefully.
  • Stop or reduce outdoor watering.

For more information, see

More information

For more information, please see the following:

Water Shortage Ordinance

Other options explored

Water FAQ, Part 1

Water FAQ, Part 2

Q&A: Emergency rates & other water questions

Water supply shows slight improvement

Restrictions continue, Stage 3 rates in effect

Water conservation top priority as levels fall

2007 Planning Assistance to Stages study