Mayor considering stage 2 water restrictions

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Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham has said in a message to residents that he is considering putting stage 2 water restrictions in effect due to the unusually high rate of water consumption this month.

Lewisville has been stressing water conservation today and over the weekend after a water distribution pump blew its motor late last week. Officials have been worried about having to draw more water from Dallas Water Utilities, which would result in a permanent price increase for the service. At the close of business hours, it appeared as though this would not be necessary.

Durham said he was more worried about what he called a dramatic and unsustainable increase in water consumption this July. In his address, which can be read in full here, Durham said that July and August are usually annual high points for water consumption, but the city has seen more extreme usage this year.

“I don’t see those numbers getting better unless a lot of us change what we’re doing,” he said.

Stage 1 water restrictions, which have been in effect since May, limit residents to watering their lawns twice per week. Stage 2 restrictions limit residential irrigation to once per week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., in addition to several other limits on water usage, which may include limits on car washes and draining and refilling pools.

The Lewisville Texan Journal is following the distribution pump story, and will update with city water usage statistics soon.

Editor’s note- This story previously reported that Stage 2 restrictions limit residential irrigation to between the hours of midnight and 10 a.m. This is incorrect. The story has been updated with an accurate window of time.

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