WEATHERFORD — Since April 1, the Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District No. 1, the City of Mineral Wells, surrounding water supply corporations and other wholesale customers of the city have been under a Stage III Drought Contingency Plan, in addition to other requirements.
The water conservation measures to be implemented are:
• Initiate mandatory conservation measures, where possible.
• All “non-essential water use” shall be prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Non-essential water use” is defined as washing windows, siding, eaves and roofs of buildings; washing driveways, streets, curbs and gutters; non-commercial vehicle washing; unattended irrigation or sprinkler lawn watering of landscaping, shrubs and grass; draining and filling swimming pools; and flushing water system. Hand-watering of landscaping, shrubs and grass shall be permissible on any day subject to the “time-of-day” restrictions established herein.
Irrigation and watering
All “non-essential water use” to include unattended irrigation or sprinkler lawn watering shall only be permitted once a week. The schedule for days in which “non-essential water use” is permitted is as follows by property location:
• Addresses/customers west of U.S. Highway 281 (southwest and northwest sections) may use water for outdoor uses on Saturday.
• Addresses/customers east of U.S. Highway 281 (southeast and notheast sections) may use water for outdoor uses on Sunday.
• Businesses requiring water as a basic function of the business, such as nurseries, commercial car washes, laundromats, high-pressure water cleaning services, bulk water sales, etc., will obtain written permission from the city manager or his/her designee(s) for intended water use.
Outside Residential Water Use Enforcement Policy
The following policy governs enforcement of outdoor residential water-use restrictions:
• First violation: verbal/written warning.
• Second violation: Fine up to $500 per occurrence.
• Third violation: discontinuation of water service.
The city has begun blending water from the Brazos River with water from Lake Palo Pinto. This is being done to extend the life of the lake. The blending will use a mixture of approximately 20 percent to 30 percent Brazos River water. Brazos River water contains a higher chloride (salt) content than the water treated from Lake Palo Pinto. As a result, this could cause the water to have a slightly different taste.
Officials say the water provided to customers in this manner will meet all state and federal drinking water standards; however, customers may wish to consider individual tastes and health needs when using this water for drinking or cooking purposes.
For questions or more information, call the City of Mineral Wells Public Works Department at (940) 328-7777.