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Penalties in store for those who violate water restrictions

July 19, 2011

Members of the Big Spring City Council and the city administration discuss new water restrictions officials hope will bring the municipality in line with recent decreases in water deliveries from the Colorado River Municipal Water District during a meeting in the council chambers Monday evening. (HERALD photo/Thomas Jenkins)

Reservoirs aren't the only things running low these days, as city officials warn that residents caught violating water restrictions in the face of a region-wide shortage are going to find patience for their wasteful ways a long-gone commodity.

Chad Averette, director of the city's Code EnforcmentOffice, said the city will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to violations to mandatory water restriction.

“In the past, we've been able to work with the water customers and do everything we can to not issue a citation. Unfortunately, as the need for water continues to become more dire, the need to protect what little we have left is absolutely essential, and that means issuing citations to those people who don't follow the restrictions.”

City officials agreed to restrict the outdoor use of water — aimed largely at the watering of lawns — to just one day a week during last week's city council 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.

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August 11, 2011 by dougaussie (not verified), 4 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 63

let me tell you what happened in QLD australia: we had a drought for 10 years, the dams were down to 15% or so, the govt panicked, they talked about putting sewer water in our drinking water, they spent half a billion trying to build a new dam which was rejected by the people, then it spend millions connecting all the water pipes to a grid, then it spent a billion dollars on a white elephant desalination plant. Did they put bulldozers in the dry dams to increase their capacity? NO. Then it rained and rained and rained and flooded and all the dams were full. Right now in texas you should be digging your dams out for when it does rain, and it will. As the world heats it sucks up water and then dumps. My advice to the people of Big Spring is get some bulldozers out and start building dams and have some faith it's going to rain, and rain like cats and dogs.


July 19, 2011 by Lupe Ochoa (not verified), 4 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 61

Is the city really so bent on the zero-tolerance approach and doesn't
all water including that of water wells come from the same source? Whether it is a reservoir, lake, or some other drilled zone. Isn't it being depleted just the same? If it is so essential that we follow the rules (which most people are doing and then some), then why is it OK to water the golf course everyday? We are finally being noticed in the national news as to the lack of rain in this area. Some states are asking if Texas really has their priorities in check!

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