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Greenville taking additional steps to save water

GREENVILLE - The continued dry conditions have forced City of Greenville officials to implement Stage 3 of its Water Conservation Plan.

In a press release issued Wednesday, the city says they’re now seeking a 20% reduction in total water use and/or daily water demand and is asking for the cooperation of citizens. Under the new rules, residents are to limit irrigation of landscaped areas to two days per week, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for hose-end sprinklers and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for automatic sprinkler systems, as assigned by the following street address numbers: Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8)on Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9).

You’re also urged to limit use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools except on designated watering days. Washing of vehicles (car, truck, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, etc.) is only allowed on designated watering days by use of a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station.

Use of water from fire hydrants is limited to fire fighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety and welfare. Use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes under special permit is to be discontinued except for the amount necessary for the actual construction of structures.

The city receives its water from Lake Tawakoni, which as of Wednesday, was only six inches above the lowest level ever recorded, which came in 2006.

Violators of the water plan could face a fine or even have their water turned off.

For more information visit www.ci.greenville.tx.us/savewater.