Stage 3 Drought Contingency Plan Implementation

High temperatures, little rain, and increased water consumption have caused the City of Dumas to implement Stage 3 of our Drought Contingency Plan. A reminder that we automatically go into Stage 1 from May through September. This is our summer conservation period. Unfortunately, this has not been enough to meet the daily demands. The requirements for going into Stage 3 are:

  • When the city’s water demand exceeds 90 percent of the city’s water production for (3) consecutive days or
  • The city’s water system falls below 70 percent capacity for more than 6 hours a day for (3) consecutive days.

We have met both of these criteria points. Water is a valuable resource and the city has plans in place to upgrade our water infrastructure, but we need the community’s help to mitigate our water shortage. The city is working with our high water consumers to help reduce our daily water demand. Let’s all do our part and make sure we protect one of our most valuable resources, water!

The following is a link to our Drought Contingency Plan including Stage 3: Moderate Water Shortage Conditions:

Water Conservation & Drought Contingency Plan

Stage 3 Main Points:


  1. Goal: Reduce daily water demand by 20%
  2. All requirements of Stage 2 shall remain in effect during Stage 3 except:
  3. Irrigation for landscaped areas shall be limited to:
    1. Sundays, and Thursdays for customers' street address ending in even number (0,2,4,6,8)
      1. Between the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    2. Saturdays, and Wednesdays for customers' street address ending in odd number (1,3,5,7,9)
      1. Between the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
      2. The use of hose-end sprinklers is prohibited at all times.
    3. The city shall adhere to water restrictions except parks may be adjusted to accommodate park patrons
    4. Watering of golf course tees is prohibited unless the golf course utilizes its own water source.

Note: The city’s golf course is operated on its water distribution system and is separate from city infrastructure.

  1. The use of water for construction purposes from designated hydrants under special permit is discontinued.


(Please see the City Ordinance and Water Conservation & Drought Contingency Plan for more details - Article 13.07)

Citizens who do not comply with Stage 3 of the Plan lined out above will be contacted by City staff.