The City of Glen Rose last week announced that severe drought conditions are forcing it to restrict outside watering.
As of July 14, all buildings with an address ending with an even number can water on days with an even numbered date. Buildings with an address with an odd number will be allowed to water on dates with an odd number.
The restriction will be in force until further notice.
City Superintendent Ronald Bruce that the wells the city currently uses for water are full, but so many people are using water at the same time that customers have complained about low pressure.
As of Tuesday, the North Texas area recorded 17 consecutive days of 100-degree days, according to the National Weather Service. So far this year, 24 days hit 100 degrees.
"When you have 1,400 faucets on at the same time, that's going to affect the water pressure," Bruce said.
Alternating days of watering will help keep the pipes full and not reduce pressure, he added.
For now, the restrictions are on the honor system. If the severe drought continues, the city may have to tighten up in the future and issue fines for non-compliance, Bruce said.
Wheeler Branch Reservoir, which will provide Glen Rose's drinking water beginning in September, is down about three feet. But it still has an "ample supply" of water, said Kevin Taylor, general manager of the Somervell County Water District.
If the city were using lake water right now, it would be in "good shape," he added.
While the Paluxy River is not flowing and bone-dryin places, and there are few visitors to the river, the water district plans to take advantage of the opportunity to clean out the dammed up area behind the weir at Big Rocks Park.
Sometime in mid-August, the district plans to install a 24-inch-diameter drain.
"It will allow us to drain it down quickly and control the sediment build-up," Taylor said. "When we have really big floods, sediment builds up."
The district last drained down the river two years ago. The drain is large enough so that fish will flow through it, Taylor added.
Some residents have questioned whether the water district could pump water downstream to help the Paluxy's flow. But more calls have come into the district's office from residents who don't want to see that happen, Taylor said.
"That's our drinking water and it's expensive to pump it upstream (from the river to the reservoir)," Taylor explained. "We're not going to send water down to the Paluxy. We are going to need it."