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Water restrictions now mandatory
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TRINITY – Voluntary water restriction put in place in June shifted to become mandatory this week as the heat wave coupled with lack of rain continued. City Manager Buddy Drake announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, that the city had implemented Stage 2 of its water conservation plan. Stage 1, which called for voluntary cut backs by the public, while Stage 2 means the restriction will now be enforced with tickets and fines. “We will be posting signs around town to warn people but until were get some relief in the weather, we need to conserve water,” Drake said. The goal of Stage 2, which is designed for moderate water shortage conditions, is to reduce water use by 20 percent. If conditions become “severe,” the city can move into Stage 3, which imposes more restrictions and seeks to reduce usage by 25 percent. The Stage 2 response will mean that the city will limit the flushing of its water lines and discontinue landscape watering on city property. Water customers are being asked to also limit the irrigation of landscaped areas. Those who reside on the north and east sides of city streets are asked to water their yards only on Sundays and Thursdays while those who live on the south or west sides of streets should water only on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Water hours are limited to between 6-10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and midnight on the designated watering days. The washing of vehicles, motorbikes, boats and trailers is limited to the designated watering days between 8-10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and midnight. Such washing is to be done by using a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut off nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing is permitted at commercial car washes during normal business hours. The use of water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, wading pool or Jacuzzi-type pool is prohibited except during designated watering days at designated time. The operation of ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where the fountain or pond is equipped with a recirculation system. Water uses that are classified as non-essential and completely prohibited include: • Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking lots or other hard surfaces. • Washing down buildings or other structures for purposes other than fire protection. • Use of water for dust control. • Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate3 in any gutter or street. • Failing to repair a controllable leak within a reasonable period after begin given notice directing the repair. Under the city ordinance, if the Stage 2 restrictions do not work, the city can go to Stage 3 or severe water shortage measures. Under Stage 3, all outdoor use of water for landscape irrigation, filling of pools and Jacuzzis would be prohibited. The washing of cars under Stage 3 would be limited to commercial establishments from 6-10 a.m. and from 6-10 p.m.