The City of Ingleside’s Drought Management Plan follows the Drought Management Plan adopted by the City of Corpus Christi in 1987. Corpus Christi’s plan has been considered a model for the State by the Texas Water Development Board.
Corpus Christi’s plan was updated in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Conditions I, II and III were removed from the ordinance in 2001 to reflect a 50, 40 and 30 percent rule.
50 Percent Rule
When the reservoir system storage reaches 50% of total system capacity, the City Manager will issue a public notice to inform water users of the Corpus Christi water supply region to begin voluntary conservation measures. No person may:
- Allow water to run off from yards or plants into gutters or streets.
- Allow defective plumbing in a home or business to remain unaddressed.
- Allow water to flow constantly through a tap, hydrant, valve or otherwise by any user of water connected to the City system
40 Percent Rule
An April 5, 2001, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission issued an Agreed Order which states that when the reservoir system storage is less than 40%, but equal to or greater then 30% of total system storage capacity, the City will implement time of day outdoor watering restrictions. Additionally, the target inflows to Nueces Bay are reduced to 1,200 acre feet per month. The 40 Percent Rule is also part of the Corpus Christi’s Drought Contingency Plan as approved by the Corpus Christi City Council through Ordinance 34605 on October 9, 2001.
When the combined level of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir System goes below 40% of system capacity, Corpus Christi water supply region (including Corpus Christi and neighboring communities) will be restricted from using water for irrigation of vegetation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
30 Percent Rule
When the reservoir system of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir reach 30% of total system storage capacity, the City will publish a lawn watering schedule. In addition, target inflows to Nueces Bay are reduced to zero.