The city activated its Delta Alert system to call residents who have previously registered for the alerts. Messages were also posted to the city's website and Facebook page, asking for the citizens' help in the conservation effort.
"Due to the high heat, we are requesting everyone to please conserve on your water usage.
Please do not use any water except household usage. Do not do any outdoor watering," the city's message read. "The city is working to treat the incoming water as fast as possible to get it into the water system for consumption.
Please do your best to conserve as much as possible during the next few days."
A second post, more than two hours later stated the city was "having a strain cleaning the current water being fed into the filter plant."
The reason for the alerts was a decision made by the Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD) to draw water from Lake J.B. Thomas to add to the water in the district's pipeline system. The Thomas water was muddy, causing the city's water treatment plant's filters to become clogged with mud and it required frequent cleaning.
"CRMWD slipped us a slug of mud," said Snyder City Manager Merle Taylor. "We've asked them not to send us any more water from Thomas, but that's their decision. We asked them that if they do mix more Thomas water, to make it a lower blend."
Taylor said that as of Monday, the local water situation had returned to normal, but that the city was still encouraging citizens to conserve water. No boil water notice was issued and the city's reserve tanks have been refilled.
"We need the citizens' help with conservation," Taylor said.
He said recent usage spikes, which he thought were caused by the recent triple-digit temperatures, added to the problem, but did not create it.
The Delta Alert system was activated twice on Saturday, once just after 5 p.m. and again around 7:45 p.m. Taylor said the second alert was issued when water usage did not decrease after the first alert. He added that the city had recently changed alert service providers and that he was "disappointed" in the alerts.
Residents may register to receive the alerts on the city's website, http://ci.snyder.tx.us.