Effective April 1, 2013, McAllen residents will be required to implement Stage 2 of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.
Stage 2 requires that all McAllen citizens observe the following regulations:
Stage Two: Mandatory compliance-water alerts. During Stage Two, MPU will aim to reduce per capita consumption by 2 percent. The following restrictions shall apply to all persons:
a. Irrigation of outdoor vegetation shall be limited except for during the days and times as provided in this section and in such zones as designated herein. Irrigation by drip method or hand-held buckets is permitted at any time in any zone.
Zone 1: Northern City limits on the north, 10th Street on the east, Nolana Avenue on the south and western City limits on the west—Sunday and Wednesday during the time periods as provided for below.
Zone 2: Northern City limits on the north, eastern City limits on the east, Nolana on the south and 10th Street on the west—Monday and Thursday during the time periods as provided for below.
Zone 3: Nolana on the north, 10th Street on the east, Business 83 on the south and western City limits on the west—Tuesday and Friday during the time periods as provided for below.
Zone 4: Nolana on the north, eastern City limits on the east, Business 83 on the south, 10th Street on the west—Wednesday and Saturday.
Zone 5: Business 83 on the north, 10th Street on the east, southern City limits on the south and western City limits on the west—Thursday and Monday during the times as provided for below.
Zone 6: Business 83 on the north, eastern City limits on the east, southern City limits on the south, and 10th Street on the west—Friday and Tuesday during the time period as provided below.
Irrigation may only be conducted during the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight on the authorized days.
b. The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers boats, airplanes and other types of mobile equipment is prohibited except on designated irrigation days between the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a handheld bucket or a handheld hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.
Exception: Washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial carwash or commercial service station. Further, such washing may be exempted from this provision if the health, safety and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleaning, such as garbage trucks and vehicles to transport food and perishables.
c. The washing or sprinkling of foundations is prohibited except on designated irrigation days between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.
d. The refilling or adding of water to residential swimming and/or wading pools is prohibited except on designated irrigation days between the hours of 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
e. The operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making similar use of water is prohibited except for those fountains or structures with a recycling system.
f. The use of water for irrigation for golf greens and tees is prohibited except on designated irrigation days between the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.
The irrigation of golf course fairways is absolutely prohibited. Provided, however, any golf course utilizing wastewater effluent or raw water is exempted from the provision of this division.
g. Use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to firefighting and related activities, and/or other governmental use activities necessary to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City.
h. The following uses of water are defined as waste of water and are absolutely prohibited:
1. Allowing irrigation water to ran off into a gutter, ditch or drain;
2. Failure to repair a controllable leak;
3. Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts or other paved areas, except to alleviate immediate fire hazards.
i. No bulk water sales shall be made from City or other sources for any purpose when such water will be transported by any tanker truck or similar type vehicle.