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Drought Management Plan
Drought Management Stage 2 is Currently in Effect (Click here for current lake levels)

The City of Portland implemented Stage 2 of the Drought Management Plan on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  All water customers (residential, commercial, schools and municipal facilities) are required to implement the following mandatory water restrictions:

Stage 2 Uses and Restrictions
  • Sprinkler Irrigation - Watering with irrigation systems or hose-end sprinklers is not allowed between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and only allowed on the residential trash day.  Commercial accounts may water on the residential trash day for the area.  Watering is allowed on Fridays for those addresses outside of city limits without residential garbage service.  If you are unable to ascertain the trash day, please contact Public Works at (361) 777-4601.
  • Hand-held and Drip Irrigation - Allowed any time, any day with a hand-held bucket, hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle, or drip irrigation system, including soaker hoses
  • Car Washing – Car washing at home shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle and can be done on any day.     
  • Decorative Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls – All residential fountains and indoor commercial fountains are permitted to operate. Outdoor commercial fountains can remain operational. 
  • Water Use from Hydrants – Water is permitted for construction purposes, fire-fighting and purposes necessary to maintain public health, safety, and wel­fare (i.e. flushing dead-end mains).
  • Foundations – The use of water to maintain the integrity of building foundations is permitted on any day at any time only by use of hand-held or drip hose.
  • Filling Pools – Is not limited to designated watering days. 
  • Washing buildings, sidewalks, etc. - Is allowed for residential and/or business purposes, but must comply with conservation measures listed below.  

Conservation Measures Always in Effect

  • No sprinkler irrigation between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • No person shall allow water to run off a property into streets or storm drains
  • No person shall allow water to flow constantly through a tap, hydrant, or valve
  • Defective plumbing resulting in water loss or leaks must be repaired
  • No person shall use any non-recycling decorative water fountain
  • Irrigation heads or sprinklers are not permitted to spray directly on paved surfaces, such as driveways or sidewalks in public right-of-ways
  • An irrigation system cannot operate at water pressures higher than recommended, causing heads to mist, or to operate with broken heads

Additional Information
  • Should the reservoir capacity decline further, Stage 3 Drought Management measures will be re-instated.  Please continue to manage water usage wisely.

Variances to the Drought Management Plan
  • City Council has appointed the Allocation and Review Committee to consider individual appeals for deviations to the plan.  Residents should contact Mary Newton at (361) 777-4601 for an application or click here.
  • The Allocation and Review Committee adopted Application Review and Approval Guidelines at its July 17, 2013 meeting.  Click here for information.
  • Addresses with approved variances can be found here.  All approved variances must display the City of Portland Water Use Permit on the property within two feet of the house number.

Please check the website, the Breeze and your utility bill for any changes in the restrictions.  You may also contact Public Works at (361) 777-4601 with any other questions.

Helpful Links:
Saving Water Indoors & Outdoors
Current Lake Levels
Drought Guidelines Flyer
Drought Stages Restrictions & Uses Table
Drought Management Plan