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Drought Dictionary

Explanation of drought priority and stage codes.

Priority of Water Use

O - Outage Water service interrupted.
E - Emergency Could be out of water in 45 days or less.
P - Priority Could be out of water in 90 days or less.
C - Concern Could be out of water in 180 days or less.
W - Watch Has greater than a 180 day supply of water remaining.
R - Resolved No longer experiencing water capacity problems.

Drought Response Stages

V - Voluntary. Customers requested to voluntarily limit water use.

1 - Mild restrictions. Use of water for non-essential uses is restricted (i.e. outdoor watering limited to no more than twice or once a week).

2 - Moderate restrictions. All outdoor water usage is prohibited except by handheld hoses with manual on/off nozzles. Water usage for livestock is exempt from this restriction.

3 - Severe restrictions. All outdoor water usage is prohibited; livestock watering may be exempted by the utility. All consumption may also be limited to each customer in specific ways.

Date Notified

The "date notified" is the month, day, and year that the Public Water System notified TCEQ of drought-related water problems.