August 4, 2022 -- Drought conditions throughout Texas continue with little relief. The Brazos River Authority has issued a Stage 2 Drought Warning declaration for Lake Proctor. The reservoir is the surface water supply for Upper Leon River Municipal Water District, which is a wholesale water provider, and several other agricultural users.
The BRA has notified each organization with water supply agreements from Lake Proctor that Stage 2 conservation efforts are now in effect. At the Drought Warning stage, the BRA requestsa10 percent reduction in water use from amounts that would have occurred in the absence of any drought contingency measures.
The Stage 2 Drought Warning is part of the Brazos River Authority's Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). This DCP, which is required by the state, is intended to help preserve and extend water supplies during drought conditions and includes recommended actions to achieve the water use reduction goal requested by the BRA.
The DCP has four conditions, or stages, ranging from 1-4 in level of severity. Each stage is tied to corresponding drought severity triggers.
When a reservoir drops below its Stage 1 trigger level, the BRA implements a Stage 1 Drought Watch Condition where customers and the public are made aware of potential drought problems. During Stage 1, there is a recommended 5 percent reduction in water use than would have occurred under normal conditions.
A Stage 1 – Drought Watch was established for Lake Proctor on March 17, 2022. Since that time, Lake Proctor has dropped below its Stage 2 Drought Warning trigger of 1156.1 feet mean sea level. At this level, the reservoir is about 63 percent full.