City officials say Belton is currently under Stage 1 drought conditions, and they're asking citizens to be careful with their water use.

Stage 1 is a Drought Watch status, and it's declared when the city's elevated storage tanks fail to refill to 80% of capacity overnight.

"Although the City of Belton is able to fully fill the tanks overnight, significant irrigation usage causes the level in the tanks to drop, resulting in low water pressure throughout the City," Paul Romer with the City of Belton said Monday.

Romer said the the goal of Stage 1 is to get citizens to voluntarily reduce non-essential water use, like filling swimming pools or washing vehicles.

Cutting back on landscape irrigation is the big item, though.

Citizens with addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) are asked to limit watering landscaped areas to Sunday and Thursdays between the hours of Midnight and 10 AM or 8 PM to Midnight.

Residents with addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) should water on Saturdays and Wednesdays between the hours of Midnight and 10 AM or 8 PM to Midnight.

If you have an automated irrigation system, you should set it for the appropriate days and times. If you prefer doing everything manually, keep these days and times handy so you can help conserve resources as well.

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