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More measures enacted to help city deal with decreased water deliveries

July 16, 2011

In a continued effort to meet the 20 percent reduction in water deliveries, the city of Big Spring announced Friday it has implemented additional restrictions on water use.

The Big Spring City Council gave the go-ahead for additional restrictions Tuesday on the heels of a presentation by John Grant, general manager of the Colorado River Municipal Water District, who explained water levels in local reservoirs have reached critically low levels with no real relief in sight.

The council discussed restricting the outdoor use of water — aimed largely at the watering of lawns — to just one day a week during the meeting, agreeing to a schedule of Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. for residential customers and Tuesdays from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. for businesses.

However, since Tuesday's meeting the city's administration has also settled on a number of additional restrictions — which went into effect Friday — including:

• Vehicles can only be washed at commercial (including mobile) car wash establishments.

• No outside watering is allowed except on the designated date and time. However, according to the memo issued Friday, “Potted plants and flower beds can be watered on any day between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. using a watering can (no water hoses).”

• Washing of “houses, decks, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc ... is strictly prohibited.”

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