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Most City offices will be closed Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving. There will be no trash pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Residents whose scheduled pickup day is Thursday will receive service Friday, Nov. 24. Residents whose normal collection day is Friday will receive service Saturday, Nov. 25. Commercial customers whose normal collection day is Thursday will instead receive service either Wednesday or Friday. FMI: http://bit.ly/2juUKIk

Current drought level

The City is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to once every seven days at any time of day and no more than 1 inch per week. Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is also prohibited. 

Report watering violations by clicking on this link or calling 325-657-4409. For more information, go to cosatx.us/water. Do your part; be water smart! 

Water Utilities director retiring Dec. 8

Water Utilities Director Bill Riley is retiring from the City of San Angelo, effective Dec. 8.

The search for Riley’s successor begins Friday, Oct. 20, when the opening will be posted at cosatx.us/jobs.

Riley joined the City in December 2014 with more than 30 years experience as a water utilities professional. Over the past three years, he has spearheaded major efforts that have led to:

  • The purchase of the Ford Ranch, which protects San Angelo’s rights to the Hickory Aquifer from encroachment by other users.
  • Expansion of the Hickory Aquifer wellfield that will give San Angelo full access to its allotment from the groundwater source.
  • A new water rate structure that has put the water utility back on a path to financial sustainability. The new ratesBill Riley-2 are also allowing for greater investment in water infrastructure and increasing the ability to finance future water supply projects.
  • An exhaustive search for future water supplies in coordination with the West Texas Water Partnership.
  • The replacement of water and sewer mains as part of the City’s 10-year plan to rebuild San Angelo’s worst streets.
  • The necessary research to update San Angelo’s nearly 100-year-old water treatment plant and to use retreated wastewater at some future point.

“San Angelo is mostly unaware how fortunate we were to have Bill Riley, his expertise and his experience,” Public Works Director Ricky Dickson said. “Water is our community’s most pressing challenge, and we’re in a far better position today than we were three years ago. That’s directly tied to Bill’s efforts and his leadership.

“Beyond that, he’s just a tremendous person,” Dickson added. “Hopefully, we can find someone of Bill’s caliber. It’s important to find the right person who fits this organization.”

The water utilities director is responsible for all operational and infrastructure matters related to water supply, production, distribution, quality and conservation. The director is also responsible for wastewater treatment, utilities maintenance, billing and customer service.

Riley cited pressing needs within his family as the reason for his retirement.

“I was drawn to this job because I knew how challenging San Angelo’s water issues are,” Riley said. “I hope I’ve made a difference that will serve this community well for generations to come. I wish I could continue, but life has other plans for me.”

Prior to joining the City, Riley served as president and general partner of Water Resources Management, LLC, a consulting firm that assisted water utilities with developing strategies for a broad spectrum of operational, management, financial and resource challenges. From 1991-2000, he served as the water/wastewater utilities manager in College Station, where he began his career in 1983. From 2000-02, Riley managed the water and wastewater consulting practice of Reed, Stowe & Yanke, providing financial, management and operations guidance to public sector clients.

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Drought Level 1

In effect when the city has less than 24 months of available water supply.
           

April 1-Oct. 31

Prohibited watering hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Allowable watering days: Once every seven days up to 1 inch per week. Landscape or foundation watering with a drip irrigation system such as a soaker hose, deep root watering system, drip pipe or tape, or bubbler shall be permitted on any day and at any time of day provided that the total amount of water applied shall not exceed 1 inch per week.

Hand watering of lawns, gardens, landscape areas, trees, shrubs or other plants being grown outdoors or foundations may be done on any day, except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to 6 p.m., provided the allowable application rate of 1 inch per week is not exceeded.

Golf course greens may be watered daily except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to 6 p.m.

Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is always prohibited, as is the failure to repair a controllable leak.

Nov. 1-March 31

Allowable watering days: Once every 14 days, any time of day.

Additional fees: The following multipliers will be assessed to the charge for the amount of water used when the City enters Drought Level 1

Residential users: 

  • Usage from 0 to 2,000 gallons: none
  • Usage from 3,000 to 15,000 gallons: 1.05
  • Usage from 16,000 to 39,000 gallons: 1.1
  • Usage over 39,000 gallons: 1.2

Nonresidential: 1.05

Landscape: 1.1

Fire hydrants: none

Untreated water: 1

Drought Level 2 

In effect when the city has less than 18 months of available water supply.

 April 1-Oct. 31

Prohibited watering hours:
Noon to 6 p.m.

Allowable watering days:
 Once every seven days up to 1 inch per week. There are no exceptions for new landscapes, even if an exception was granted during Drought Level 1.

Landscape or foundation watering with a drip irrigation system such as a soaker hose, deep root watering system, drip pipe or tape, or bubbler shall be permitted on any day and at any time of day provided that the total amount of water applied shall not exceed 1 inch per week.

Hand watering of lawns, gardens, landscape areas, trees, shrubs or other plants being grown outdoors or foundations may be done on any day, provided the allowable application rate of 1 inch per week is not exceeded.

Golf course greens may be watered daily.

Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is always prohibited, as is the failure to repair a controllable leak.

Nov. 1-March 31

Allowable watering days: Once every 14 days, any time of day.

Additional fees: The following multipliers will be assessed to the charge for the amount of water used when the City enters Drought Level 2

Residential: 

  • Usage from 0 to 5,000 gallons: 1.1
  • Usage from 6,000 to 39,000 gallons: 1.2
  • Usage over 39,000 gallons: 1.3

Nonresidential: 1.05

Landscape: 1.2

Fire hydrants: none

Untreated water: 1.1

Drought Level 3

In effect when the city has less than 12 months of available water supply.

Outdoor watering is prohibited. Hand-watering or drip irrigation of trees and foundations may be done on days and at times as established by the City Council.

Filling, refilling or maintaining the level of any fountain or swimming pool is prohibited. Washing automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats or other types of vehicles is prohibited except if the health, safety and welfare of the public is contingent upon vehicle cleaning, as determined by the director of city health services.

The City Council may allow exceptions to any of these provisions and may place conditions on any exception.

 

Additional fees: The following multipliers will be assessed to the charge for the amount of water used when the City enters Drought Level 3

Residential: 

  • Usage from 0 to 5,000 gallons: 1.2
  • Usage from 6,000 to 39,000 gallons: 1.3
  • Usage over 39,000 gallons: 1.4

Nonresidential: 1.1

Landscape: 1.3

Fire hydrants: none

Untreated water: 1.2


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