City of Amarillo Initiates Stage 1 of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan

Posted on Aug 02, 2012

Amarillo adopted an updated Drought Contingency Plan last year, which details several levels of response to water supply and demand issues. The continued hot, dry weather over the last week has led to record high water consumption in the City. Tuesday, July 31, set an all-time single-day water consumption record for the City at 92.1 million gallons. 

The month of July also goes down as the highest ever monthly water consumption for the City with 2.39 billion gallons being consumed. As of today, consumption has exceeded 80 million gallons of water per day for the fifth consecutive day. The current production capability of the City is 100 million gallons per day. Per the Drought Contingency Plan, once total daily water demand exceeds 80% of the production capability five days in a row, the City is required to implement Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan.  

“Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan implements voluntary watering schedules and any other conservation measures our water customers are willing to make,” says Emmett Autrey, director of Utilities and a member of the City’s Water Conservation Team. “We are also contacting wholesale water users and asking them to initiate the appropriate stage of their Drought Contingency Plans.”

The Consumption Reduction Goal for Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan is a 5% reduction in consumption. To help towards that goal, the voluntary Watering Schedule is as follows:

Designated days for outdoor watering are Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursdays if your address ends with an odd number and Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays if your address ends with an even number.

























Although the month of July brought high temperatures mostly in the 90s, there were eight total days where temperatures reached at or above 100 degrees and only three days were in the 80s, according to Maribel Martinez, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator. She adds that rainfall totals amounted to only 0.26” for the month of July, which is 2.58” below normal for the month.

Continued hot, dry weather combined with high water consumption could lead to the initiation of additional stages in the City’s Drought Contingency Plan. However, if there is a reduction in consumption for five consecutive days below 80% of the City’s production capability, Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan will automatically end.

Remember, Every Drop Counts. For more information on how you can Be Water Wise, visit the City’s website at and click on the Every Drop Counts icon.

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