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March 20, 2014

Drought brings Stage III restrictions

(Continued)

The water conservation measures to be implemented are as follows:

• 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 of 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.

• 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 US Highway 281 (SW and NW sections) may use water for outdoor uses on Saturday.

• Addresses/Customers east of US Highway 281 (SE and NE sections) may use water for outdoor uses on Sunday.

• Businesses requiring water as a basic function of 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 use.

The following policy shall govern enforcement of outdoor residential water use restrictions effective April 1, 2014:

• First Violation: Verbal/written warning.

• Second Violation: Fine up to $500 per occurrence.

• Third Violation: Discontinuation of water service.

The city will begin blending water from the Brazos River in the middle of May. The mixture will be 20 to 30 percent Brazos River water. Brazos River water contains a higher chloride (salt) content than the water citizens are used to, so the water may have a slightly different taste. Nevertheless, all water will be up to State and Federal drinking water standards.

For now, everybody is in the same boat, which is about to be beached if things don't go as planned.

“Your cooperation in this effort is greatly appreciated,” Jones said on behalf of the city.

For more information, contact the City of Mineral Wells Public Works Department at 940-328-7777.

 

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