One-half of Lubbock is now no longer part of the water ban. This afternoon, restrictions were eased for another part of Lubbock. Areas north of the Marsha Sharp Freeway and west of Loop 289 are now clear to water their lawns once a week.
By Saturday limited watering could be restored to the entire city allowing for everyone to water once a week. That is, if a second bacteria test comes back negative for bacteria in the water main project they've been working on for a month.
Aubrey Spear with Lubbock Water Utilities says, "We anticipate we'll get the results tomorrow, Saturday, the last day of the month and we will start flowing water by tomorrow afternoon."
You may recall water restrictions were implemented earlier this month as a result of a major water line relocation project associated with construction of the Marsha Sharp Freeway. That project is now complete. Within the next 15 days the whole city could be back to stage one water restrictions allowing all residents to water twice a week.
Variances are now available for individuals and business experiencing problems because of the restrictions. You can fill out an application at the water utilities office. The city say's it's a half page, very simple application.