Drought Information Center

Stage Two Next Phase Drought Information

CURRENT STATUS:  The City is currently under Stage II Drought Conditions. Stage II "Winter" restrictions will be in effect on Nov. 1. View details below about the stage's water conservation restrictions.


The National Drought Mitigation Center maintains and publishes the U.S. Drought Monitor seen here. Four levels of drought conditions have been defined as related to the City’s water distribution system:

  • Stage I Drought Conditions - To be initiated by the City Manager when lake levels reach 75% (Water Surface Elevation 729.2’).
  • Stage II Drought Conditions - To be initiated by the City Manager when lake levels reach 61.5% (Water Surface Elevation 726.5’).
  • Stage III Drought Conditions  - To be initiated by the City Manager when lake levels reach 50% (Water Surface Elevation 723.7’).
  • Stage IV Drought Conditions  - To be initiated by the City Manager when lake levels reach 25% (Water Surface Elevation 716.2’) or emergency conditions.

The City of Cleburne is currently preparing for Stage II "Winter" Drought Conditions, which will be in effect on Nov. 1, 2022. All of these conditions are outlined in the City’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.

  1. Stage II "Winter"
  2. Stage II
  3. Stage I

Stage II "Winter" Water Restrictions 

(Effective Nov. 1, 2022)

The City of Cleburne remains in Stage II drought conditions. In accordance with the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, the City is preparing to transition into its seasonal adjustment of Stage II watering restrictions.

Previously, outside watering was limited to one day a week within designated hours. November marks the start of the fall/winter water conservation efforts of the plan, which prohibits all outside watering through the month of March.  Should the City remain in Stage II Drought conditions, these restrictions will last until April 1.  

Exceptions during Stage II "Winter"

  • Watering by hand may occur any day and at any time.
  • The use of water necessary for the repair of an irrigation system, plumbing repair, or fountain, etc. in the presence of the person making the repair.

Please be advised that beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems for residential and business properties will not be allowed at any time. The use of well water, treated wastewater (effluent) or other alternative water supply sources for irrigation is exempt from this restriction.

Non-essential water use remains prohibited, which includes but is not limited to using water in such a manner that causes runoff or other waste. Read more details in the Water Conversation and Drought Contingency Plan. (Drought contingency measures begin on page 51).

City Water Use

In compliance with the plan, the City of Cleburne will further restrict its water use to the maximum extent possible for purposes that are not essential for health, safety and sanitary purposes. The Sports Complex will be irrigated using treated wastewater (effluent), which is recycled and not suitable for human consumption. The golf course will aim to reduce its water irrigation by 100% with the exception of watering the green and tee boxes, which will be reduced by 75%.


Latest Updates

The City of Cleburne's current water utility and drought conditions were discussed at the city council meeting on Oct. 11. The presentation that was provided by Jeremy Hutt, Director of Public Works, and it explained the history of the drought conditions, Cleburne's water sources, and other useful information. View the presentation here.

Please note: the City is currently in Stage II, but is trending toward Stage III drought conditions. All of the stages are outlined in the City’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.


Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires all municipal water suppliers to develop and implement a drought contingency plan.  The City follows its Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, which outlines processes and required measures for four levels of drought conditions – Mild, Moderate, Severe, and Emergency.

Water Conservation

For more information about water conservation and tips to reduce water use at your home please visit WaterIsAwesome.com. Water is Awesome is a campaign to encourage North Texas residents to be more efficient with their water use.  Use it.  Enjoy it.  Just don't waste it.  You can find Indoor Water & Outdoor Water Saving Tips, Weekly Watering advice and even Native and Adaptive Plants.