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Stage 1 restrictions issued on water use
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TRINITY – Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions were put in place by Trinity city officials Monday in an effort to reduce local water usage by 10 percent. City Manager Buddy Drake announced the implementation of the city’s water conservation plan Monday but emphasized that at this point, the city was only asking its customers to voluntarily cut back. The Stage 1 response in the water plan is for a “mild water shortage” and will mean that the city will reduce the flushing of its water lines and limit 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. City residents also are being asked to irrigate only between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight on the designated watering days. Water customers also are asked to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes. Drake said the city currently is pumping about 25 million gallons of water each month from its wells and from the Trinity River Authority. If the goal of a 10 percent reduction is not met or if conditions become more severe, the city manger said the city could move to the Stage 2 response designed for a moderate water shortage. The goal of Stage 2 is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in water use and involves mandatory cut backs by customers. Under Stage 2, the city would discontinue the irrigation of all public landscape areas and the “voluntary” designated water times from Stage 1 would become mandatory. Those found in violation would be issued tickets and face paying fines. Also under Stage 2, using water to wash vehicles, boats and trailers would be limited to the designated watering days and times. However, washing a vehicle at a commercial car wash would be allowed during the normal business hours on the immediate premises of the car wash. Filling outdoor or indoor swimming pools and Jacuzzi-type pools also would be limited to the designated water days and times and the operation of ornamental fountains would be banned, except where the fountain supports aquatic life or is equipped with a recirculation system. 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.