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City asks citizens to conserve water; Lake levels continue to drop

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WAXAHACHIE - The city of Waxahachie has entered stage one of its Drought Contingency Plan. At this stage of the plan, customers are asked to voluntarily conserve water and reduce non-essential use of water. 

The level of Lake Waxahachie has reached 527 feet elevation, the level in which stage one restrictions must be implemented, as stated in the city drought contingency plan. Stage one restrictions are voluntary, but city officials do encourage all residents to conserve water to help avoid further restrictions. 

“While Lake Waxahachie is low, it is still at a decent level, especially compared to some of the other lakes across the state,” said City Manager Paul Stevens.

“We are urging all residents and businesses to conserve water and decrease non-essential water use so that the situation doesn’t worsen.”

If the lake level falls three more feet, to an elevation of 524 feet, the city will have to implement stage two restrictions at that time. Stage two restrictions will require mandatory watering scheduled and more stringent restrictions. 

For all restrictions to be lifted, the lake elevation levels must rise to a minimum of 530 feet and remain at the level for a minimum of three days. 

In addition to reducing non-essential water use, residents are also encouraged to conserve by making sure any water leaks or dripping faucets are fixed and in working order.

The city’s drought contingency plan is designed to help conserve the city’s water supply and to protect the integrity of water supply facilities, to protect and preserve public health and welfare and minimize the adverse impacts of a water supply shortage. 

For questions regarding water conservation or the city’s drought contingency plan, please contact the city of Waxahachie at 972-937-7330, ext. 284. 

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