Quality of Drinking Water
The City of Victoria works hard to provide you with safe and reliable drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements. The 2019 Drinking Water Report (Consumer Confidence Report) (PDF) contains monitoring results for contaminants from January 1 to December 31, 2019. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources.
Water Usage and Conservation
The following table outlines how much water is used by typical daily activities. Information for this table taken from the U.S. Geological Survey. Please keep this information in mind and practice sound water conservation practices.
|Typical Usage||Usage in Gallons|
|Showering||20 - 40 (5 gallons per minute)|
|Tub Bathing (full tub)||36|
|Outdoor Watering (per minute)||8 - 10|
Watering restrictions for lawn and garden sprinkling and irrigation are in effect May 1-September 30. Watering is limited to an odd/even schedule corresponding to property addresses--homes with even number addresses may water only on even numbered calendar days and odd number addresses may water only on odd numbered calendar days. Irrigation using the public water supply system is prohibited between 10 am-5 pm everyday.
The city will issue citations for property owners violating the watering restrictions. These water conservation measures are necessary to protect our natural resources and remain within the city’s water usage allocation. Failure to conserve water will result in higher costs for all our residents, so please water responsibly.
Water Hydrant Flushing
The city flushes hydrants twice a year, typically in April and October. Flushing creates a scouring velocity in the water mains to remove settled material such as manganese. It also serves as a fire hydrant function check and inspection. If you see discolored water, it is usually temporary, clearing up in a few hours. Running the cold water tap should help speed up this process. The water is safe to drink; however, it may stain laundry. If the water does not clear up, contact public works staff at (952) 443-4210 so additional flushing can be scheduled.