CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If the city has to enter stage one of water restrictions because of persistent drought-like conditions, resident Paul Hernandez says winter is the right time of year.
“Most yards around the area right now are looking a little yellow, a little dry, because not too many people are going to water this time of year," Hernandez said.
Watering lawns is the only thing affected by the stage one restrictions that are triggered when the combined levels of the city's two water sources -- Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir -- dip below 40 percent.
The level as of Tuesday was 40.7 percent.
“We’re still hoping for rain, but we’ve definitely got a plan,” Water Utilities public relations manager Christian Cabazos said.
The city anticipates entering stage one water restrictions in seven to ten days, but the proximity to Christmas doesn't concern them.
“I don’t foresee (the water restrictions causing problems) unless people break out the Slip 'N Slide for Santa," Cabazos said.
Hernandez also doesn't think restrictions on yard watering will impact holiday plans.
Restrictions on water use inside of homes would be a different story.
"I don’t see it being too big of an issue," he said. "I’m sure you have guests staying, so they’ll shower a little more -- more activities so you’ll probably do more of the washing of the dishes, and stuff like that. But I don’t think it will be too big of a difference.”
KRIS 6 News will update this story if and when the city begins stage one water restrictions.
Click here for the city's description of the restrictions.