Recent rains on the South Plains haven't been enough to overcome the severe drought suffered over the past year. The drought has all but dried up Lubbock's primary source of water, so now the city is gearing up to enforce stage two water restrictions.
Up until recently, Lubbock has relied on lake Meredith as its primary source of water. However, the drought has taken it's toll on the lake and now the only supply comes from well fields in Roberts and Bailey Counties. That's until the Lake Alan Henry project goes on line in early Fall.
Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin says the drought situation has forced the city to make some changes.
"We're having to limit water usage during the Summer, because the usage has gone way up," Martin said.
Beginning Sunday, April 1st, the city of Lubbock will enter into Stage Two water restrictions that will last through the Summer. Water utilities director Aubrey Spear says it's necessary.
"We wouldn't do this if there wasn't a need for us to cut back on consumption," Spear said.
According to the city of Lubbock, irrigation restrictions associated with Stage 2 include:
Irrigation schedules will be based on the last digit of the address:
(For example, 110 Main Street will water on Sunday)
"Non-essential Water Use" restrictions associated with Stage 2 include:
According to the city of Lubbock, a violation is considered a Class C Misdemeanor. The municipal courts would determine the fine. Code enforcement officers will be stricter on issuing tickets for water violations than they have in the past few years.
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