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 . . . .”
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.