Water Conservation and Drought Emergency Plan

Current Status - Stage 2 Moderate Water Shortage

In accordance with the City’s Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Plan, customers of the city’s water system are asked to cut back on water usage from May 1 – September 30 by voluntarily watering once a week. The purpose of the plan is to conserve water and achieve reduction during peak demand. If there are higher demands on the system or a significant reduction in the lake capacity storage, mandatory restrictions will be announced. The revised water conservation plan also prohibits watering between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm anytime throughout the year. Residents with water wells are not required to comply with the prohibition of watering between 10 am and 6 pm but are encouraged to do so.

As of Monday, July 14, 2014 --

The City of Rockport has entered Stage 2-Moderate Water Shortage in order to reduce water usage by five percent. Stage 2, which is part of the City’s Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Plan, limits watering to once a week between the hours of 6 pm and 10 am. Anyone utilizing City water and not following the mandatory guidelines for water restrictions will be issued a citation.

The new watering schedule for Stage 2 is:

  • Tuesday – Even numbered residences
  • Wednesday – Odd numbered residences
  • Thursday – Multifamily and commercial

Property owners using water wells, wastewater treatment plant effluent, or gray water for irrigation are exempt from the restrictions; however, the ordinance does require those users to post a sign stating the water used for irrigation is from a private well, wastewater treatment plant effluent, gray water or source other than the city's water supply. It is a separate violation to display a sign which falsely claims the water used to be from another source.

The City implemented Stage 2 in response to the combined lake storage levels of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon dropping to 40 percent of capacity.

Rockport buys treated water from the San Patricio Municipal Water District (SPMWD) who, in turn, buys raw water from the City of Corpus Christi. SPMWD and the City of Corpus Christi implemented similar restrictions last week. The City’s contract with SPMWD requires the City to follow SPMWD’s plan.

The City of Rockport will continue to monitor lake levels and adjust the Plan’s stage level as needed. For additional information on the Plan, click on the link below. Customers with questions are encouraged to contact the Public Works Department at (361) 790-1160.

Click here to view a condensed version of the Stages, their restrictions and water conservation tips.

Click here to view the ordinance and the entire plan.