Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Baaack! : Stage 3 water rationing

Many Laredoans, including yours truly, were bewildered last year when the city of Laredo decided to end stage 3 water rationing in the middle of the worst Texas drought in the history of the state.  Personally, I thought that the city was doing it because it was about to start selling water to fracking industry and it couldn't justify doing that and having stage 3 water restrictions in place at the same time.

Well, on this upcoming Monday's city council agenda, there is an item (no.13) that will seek to reinstate the stage 3 water restriction policy.

From The Laredo City Council Agenda for June 18th, 2012

13. Consideration for approval to advance from Stage 1 of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Ordinance to Stage 3 and declare it effective on July 1, 2012 for approximately three (3) months.
A Stage 1 is voluntary water conservation, and Stage 3 is mandatory water conservation. Stage 3 requires customers to irrigate their lawn using a hose-end sprinkler or automatic sprinkler system only three (3) days per week.
 Addresses ending in even numbers can only water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and addresses ending in odd numbers can only water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Watering Sundays is strictly prohibited.
The watering times are only before 8:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. on the assigned days. This schedule also applies to the washing of vehicles and refilling of swimming pools. Hand-watering or using a drip irrigation system is allowed at any time.

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