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City of Dumas begins voluntary water restrictions
By Steve Ramos, Reporter
May 6, 2013, 09:21

The city of Dumas is asking residents to voluntarily follow a water plan that will help conserve resources during a record drought and leading into the months when water usage rises.

"The biggest change from last year is that we changed the ordinance so we can initiate Stage 1 of our drought contingency plan every year," said Dumas Public Works Director Arbie Taylor. "Stage 1 is voluntary, and it's part of our goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in water demand."

The city enacted the voluntary plan May 1, and it's in effect until September 30. Stage 2 of the plan, when mandatory restrictions are enforced, would go into effect if the city's water demand exceeds 80 percent of water production capacity for three consecutive days or if the city's water system's storage capacity falls below 80 percent for more than 12 hours a day for three consecutive days.

"To help us ensure that we don't have to go into Stage 2 when the water restrictions are mandatory, we're asking everyone to voluntarily abide by the plan," Taylor said.
Find the full story in the May 5 print edition.