| ||Conserve Water Now||Issued December 10, 2012
POLICY RESPONSE TO TCEQ-DROUGHT CONDITIONS
To be fully implemented by December 14, 2012
The City of Marlin on December 10, 2012 has a need to implement all or part of its Drought Contingency Plan due to a request to conserve water by the Brazos River Authority and recent City of Marlin Water Plant repairs. There are six (6) stages of increasing limitations in the city’s Drought Contingency Plan in which the non-essential uses of city water are regulated.
MILD…Stage one (1) is a mild water shortage requiring voluntary adherence to defined restrictions.
MODERATE…Stage two (2) is a moderate water shortage requiring certain non-essential limited usage.
SEVERE…Stage three (3) is a severe water shortage requiring a greater number of non-essential limitations.
CRITICAL…Stage four (4) requires compliance with numerous restrictions on certain non-essential water uses.
EMERGENCY…Stage five (5) is implemented when there is an unprecedented loss of capability by city.
WATER ALLOCATION…Stage six (6) is implemented under direction of the Mayor or his designee, when the need for city water by Marlin’s citizens far exceeds the supply.
The city now exists in a Stage two (2) MODERATE drought environment, with no significant rainfall having been received in the city in 2012, while the Water Treatment Plant has been under repair. This action reflects a reduction from the Stage (6) level the City has operated under since November 9, 2012.
All or a portion of the water conservation steps enumerated in the Drought Contingency Plan as Stage two (2) will be implemented as of December 10, 2012. Those conservation steps to be implemented are as follows:
(a) No irrigation of private lawns with city water, except twice a week.
(b) No irrigation of including parks, athletic fields, and golf courses.
(c) No use of water to wash down any sidewalk, driveway, parking lots, and tennis courts, etc.
(d) No use of water to fill, refill, or add to any inside or outside swimming pools or Jacuzzi-type
(e) Water users’ must repair a controllable leak within a reasonable period after having been given notice direction the repair of such leaks.
(f) No use of water from fire hydrants, except for non-potable purposes, when approved by the City Manager or Water Superintendent and for firefighting.
(g) No other non-essential use of city water.
“No person shall knowingly or intentionally allow the use of water for the City of Marlin for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, governmental, or any other purpose in a manner contrary to any provision of this implementation policy of the Drought Contingency Plan, or in an amount in excess of that permitted by the drought response stage in effect at the time pursuant to action taken by the city manager or his designee, in accordance with provisions of this plan.”
Any person who violates this plan is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars $100.00 and not more than Five Hundred Dollars $500.00. Persons who commit multiple offenses of 3 or more times shall be disconnected from the water system.