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Drought forces more water restrictions
Houston County Courier

By Lynda JonesManaging

rAs predicted at the October meeting of the Crockett City Council, the City of Crockett ordered mandatory Stage III Water Usage Restrictions on Tuesday, Nov. 1.“Due to the effects of the continuing severe drought conditions of the past several months, water availability at the HCWCID#1 is reaching levels where it is prudent to further restrict water usage in accordance with drought contingency plans,” City Administrator Ron Duncan stated.Effective on Nov. 1, the HCWCID# 1 and the City of Crockett implemented mandatory Stage III water usage restrictions. “The intent of implementing Stage II water usage restrictions is to reduce our total water use by 25 percent,” Duncan explained.Duncan stated further, “Water customers will restrict water use under threat of penalty for violation, the following water use restrictions shall apply to all persons.” The mandatory restrictions for the City of Crockett are as follows: Mandatory Stage 3 water use restrictions: All requirements of Stage 2 shall remain in effect during Stage 3 except:*Lawn and landscape watering is further restricted. Use of hose-end sprinklers, soaker hoses, drip irrigation systems or permanently installed automatic sprinkler systems are prohibited at all times. *Irrigation of landscaped areas is be limited to watering with hand-hold hoses or hand-held buckets on designated outdoor water use days between 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. and between 7 p.m. -10 p.m. *The designated water use days for customers with odd number street addresses are on odd number days and customers with even number street addresses may water on even number days. *The city will reduce or discontinue flushing of water mains.*The city will audit the utility system for water loss.*Use of water to wash motor vehicles, motorbikes, boats, trailers, airplanes, or other vehicles is prohibited except on designated outdoor water use days. *Commercial car washes, as well as, washing of garbage trucks and other vehicles which carry perishable items are exempt from this restriction. *Use of water to fill, refill or add any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except on designated outdoor water use days as listed. *Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting, related activities or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except that use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under special permit from the city. All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron. The following uses of water are defined as nonessential and are prohibited:*The use of hose-end sprinklers, soakers hoses, drip irrigation systems or permanently installed automatic sprinkler systems are prohibited at all times.*Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots or other hard-surfaced areas; *Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for the purposes other than immediate fire protection;*Use for dust control; *Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; and*Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s). These restrictions are mandatory. Any person who violates this plan is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000. Each day that one or more of the provisions in this plan is violated shall constitute a separate offense. Repeated violations could result in loss of water service. “We sincerely hope these measures will only be required for a short period. However, given the length of this drought thus far, taking drought contingency precautions is prudent and will ensure we maintain adequate water supply for all our residents,” Duncan stated.“We will make periodic announcements as necessary to keep you informed. If you have any questions about the water usage restrictions, please contact the water utility office at (936) 544-5156.”


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