Council Discusses Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan

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Council Discusses Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan

Published on April 03, 2014 by Larry Crippen

At this week’s Huntsville City Council session, councilmembers heard Director of Public Works Carol Reed present information during a first-reading of the City’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.

The water restriction system being changed orginally kicked in Stage 1 water restrictions when Huntsville used 10 million gallons per day. Stage 2 started when 10.6 million gallons was reached, and Stage 3 when demand exceeded supply.

Ms. Reed said, the new “2014 Water Conservation and Contingency Plan is based on a percentage of production capacity . . . .”

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In the new policy, every stage will be mandatory with multi-family homes and corporations required to comply.

Stage 1 would limit nonessential water use to three days per week from 7 PM to 7 AM. Stage 2 would limit nonessential water use to two days per week from 7 PM to 7 AM. And, Stage 3 would stop all nonessential outdoor water use.

In an effort toward conservation, the water plan also includes a .5 percent decrease in overall water use over a five-year period.

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