Council prepares for possible water rationing

With water shortages possible — even probable during peak summer months this year — the city of Big Spring took a step toward conservation Tuesday night as the city council approved first reading of plans to help not only conserve water, but also to penalize those who waste the precious commodity.

Efforts by the city and other Colorado River Municipal Water District customers to curtail water usage, especially when demands are at their highest, come on the heels of the district's announcement earlier this year that water deliveries would be cut by 10 percent.

Tuesday, the council approved a water conservation plan, drought contingency plan and a new ordinance prohibiting the “wasting of water.”

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