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City Enacts Phase 1 of Water Conservation Plan

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At Monday night’s LaFayette City Council meeting, LaFayette water and wastewater superintendent Katie Hill told the mayor and council that the city lake had 92 days of water left. “The rain hasn’t helped,” Hill said. “So we’re just asking everyone to cut back.”

She recommended that the city enter Phase I of the Emergency Water Conservation Plan, which calls for voluntary cutbacks on water usage by citizens. Hill noted that if lake levels continue to drop, she would ask to enter into Phase II, which makes restrictions mandatory.

Phase I of the Emergency Water Conservation Plan calls for the following actions, which are voluntary:

• There shall be no hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas, except that flammable or other dangerous substances may be disposed of by direct hose flushing for the benefit of public health and safety.

• No water shall be used to clean, fill, or maintain levels in swimming pools or decorative fountains unless such water is part of a recycling system.

• No restaurant, hotel, cafe, cafeteria, or other  public place where food is sold, served, or offered for sale, shall serve drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested.

• No customer of the System shall permit water to leak from any facility on his premises; failure to effect a timely repair of any leak shall subject said customer to all penalties provided herein for waste of water.

• No lawn, landscape, or other turf areas including vegetable or flower gardens shall be watered or irrigated using water from the System until adequate water supplies are available.

• No washing of automobiles, trucks, tractors, trailers, or any other vehicle or part thereof will be permitted until normal conditions are reinstated. This is limited to non-commercial customers.  All commercial carwashes are excluded.

The council unanimously approved a motion to enter into Phase I of the Plan.

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