This affects the city of Mineral Wells, surrounding water supply corporations and other wholesale customers of the city and Palo Pinto County Water District No. 1.
The city has been closely monitoring lake levels in Lake Palo Pinto, and findings show that there is about 28 percent left, which is a 72 percent decrease in the water level in the lake, according to Kelly Jones, director of public works.
As he spoke to city council members at Tuesday’s meeting, he urged the implementation of Stage III of the Drought Contingency Plan, along with other restrictions, as he explained that it was a necessity to do so, with the state of Texas experiencing an ongoing, unprecedented drought.
The city will send notifications concerning water conservation measures to be implemented, and it has already sent emails to the top-10 users in order to initiate mandatory conservation measures where possible.
These notifications will include that all “non-essential water use” shall be prohibited.
“Non-essential water use” is defined as washing windows, siding, eaves and roofs of buildings, driveways, streets, curbs and gutters, non-commercial vehicle washing, filling swimming pools and unattended irrigation or sprinkler lawn watering of landscaping, shrubs and grass.
Hand-watering of landscaping, shrubs and grass will be permissible daily, but will be subject to the “time-of-day” restrictions, meaning no outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Violations may result in a fine up to $500 per occurrence and/or discontinuance of water service.