The following is a press release from the City of Abilene: 

ABILENE, Texas – Based on the current conditions of Lake Fort Phantom Hill and Hubbard Creek Lake, Mayor Archibald implements Year Round Water Use Management.  Outdoor watering for City of Abilene water customers is expanded to three times per week.  The City’s Water Conservation Plan outlines the implementation points for Year Round Water Use Management – Lake Ft. Phantom Reservoir is less than 5 feet below the spillway.  Currently, Lake Fort Phantom and Hubbard Creek Lake are at full capacity and Lake O. H. Ivie is at 24 percent capacity.

Despite moving to Year Round Water Management – per the City’s Water Conservation Plan, City officials would like to encourage residents to conserve water by watering their lawn only once every seven days on one of their designated water days.

“We have been fortunate to receive substantial rainfall events over the past several months.  This rain has produced significant inflows into both Lake Fort Phantom Hill and Hubbard Creek Lake, which are at full capacity,” said Mayor Norm Archibald.  “Although the water restrictions have changed, residents are still encouraged to use water wisely.”

Watering three times per week is allowed per the Year Round Water Management plan.  Watering is permitted midnight to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight on a customer’s designated watering day.  The customer’s watering day is determined by the last digit of their property address.

Last Digit of Property Address

Watering Day

  • Odd numbered addresses
    • Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Even numbered addresses
    • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Industrial, commercial, government customers, public and private schools and universities
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday

The three days per week outside lawn watering schedule will stay in effect until further notice.  Abilene’s Water Conservation Plan was originally adopted on June 12, 2003.  According to the plan, the Mayor may call for Stage 1 Water Alert when the Lake Fort Phantom Reservoir level is 10 feet below the spillway.
For more information on the City’s Water Conservation Plan and ways to conserve water, visit