Drought Management


Effective December 29, 2020, drought restrictions are in effect for Portland

On December 28, the City of Corpus Christi entered Stage 1 drought restrictions. The City of Portland purchases its water from the San Patricio County Municipal Water District, which purchases water from the City of Corpus Christi. Under the purchase agreement, the City of Portland is contractually obligated to abide by the same restrictions as the City of Corpus Christi.

Click here for the full: Drought Contingency Plan

Click here for the overview of the Plan: Drought Management Guidelines

Stage 1

The following water use restrictions shall apply to all persons during this stage:

Automatic irrigation: Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems is limited to once per week on the scheduled trash day for that location.

Irrigation by spray or sprinklers is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. However, irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted on any day if it is by means of a hand-held hose (with positive shutoff nozzle), a faucet filled bucket or watering can of five (5) gallons or less, or drip irrigation system. Exceptions for this restriction may be permitted for the following uses: new plantings (for up to sixty (60) days), vegetable gardens, athletic playing fields, and botanical gardens. Permits for these exceptions are available at the Public Works Office at 1101 Moore Avenue or call 361.777.4601. Restrictions do not apply to customers irrigating with well water or an aerobic septic system.

Washing of cars: Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is limited to once per week. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station.

Pools: Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools is limited once per week.

Foundations: The use of water to maintain integrity of building foundations is limited to once per week and is only permitted by use of hand-held hose or drip irrigation.

Sidewalks and Driveways: Wash-down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas is prohibited, except by a commercial power-washing contractor and if it is in the interest of public health and safety.   

For additional information concerning drought restrictions, please contact Public Works at 361-777-4601.

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