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City council tightens water use restrictions

June 29, 2011

Beginning Friday, municipal water customers will be forced to cut back their outdoor water use yet again to make way for an overall 20 percent decrease in deliveries by the Colorado River Municipal Water District.

The Big Spring City Council approved the revision to its current Drought Contingency Plan — which is currently in Stage 3 — by a unanimous vote to decrease the number of days city water customers can water lawns and utilize water for outdoor activities and usages from three days each week to two days.

The new cutback from CRMWD limits the water the city can receive from CRMWD from 7,100,000 gallons per day to 6,300,000 gallons per day, according to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, a 20 percent reduction compared to previous years.

“As most of you know, our water situation in the area hasn't gotten any better,” Darden said grimly. “A lot of the projections that were made early on were based on a number of variables. As these variables play out you have to re-evaluate the situation.

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