To follow up on our last post, water restrictions are being followed up with stricter enforcement by the city. After four violations, the city will TERMINATE water service to the violator’s home.
The city will issue yellow and red cards (no joke), followed by a visit with a city worker, then a fine, and after that termination.
KEYE ran a new piece on this:
Pflugerville Serious About Stricter Water Ordinance Enforcement
Updated: Thursday, July 11 2013, 06:58 PM CDT
Yellow cards, Red Cards — but we’re not talking soccer, we’re talking water. Pflugerville is now placing cards on people’s doors if you violate current water restrictions as part of a new city ordinance.
The first warning is a yellow card, for the second you’ll get a red card and a visit from city staff, and for the third violation you’ll be charged $100 and receive a certified letter and phone call from the city.
Pflugerville City Spokesperson Terri Waggoner says, “If you violate four times in a calendar year, your water will be shut off.”
Residents like Ronnie Patterson say, “That’s scary, I guess I’ll abide by the ordinance because I don’t want my water turned off.”
But do we need stricter penalties?
It seems most cities don’t give many citations when it comes to violating water restrictions.
For example, in 2012, Pflugerville issued more than 300 warnings and no citations.
In Cedar Park, in that same year, there were 307 warnings and two administrative fees.
Round Rock issued about 50 warnings.
Cities we contacted say most people comply after the first warning.
“Our goal is not to turn off people’s water, it’s to educate them on to the severity of the drought. We don’t see an end to the drought right now, so we need to conserve.” says Waggoner
So I called the city and they said that by the end of summer, Stage 3 restrictions will be implemented. The city has preset agreements with the LCRA regarding lake levels and restrictions. Once the combined lakes contain 700,000 acre feet of water, Pflugerville goes to Stage 3…which is once a week. No information has been given yet about the details. You can probably bet on keeping one existing day, and having the other eliminated. Once we find out more information, we’ll do an updated post.