Penalties in store for those who violate water restrictions

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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