TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler is rescinding Stage
Two mandatory water restrictions that were put in place in December 2011 and
reinstituting Stage One voluntary restrictions.
"The precipitation that we have
received in recent weeks, and that which is forecasted in the next week, has
led us to shift from mandatory restrictions back to voluntary restrictions,"
said Water Utilities Managing Director Greg Morgan. "The long term
forecast for rain in the upcoming summer is uncertain. Therefore, we will
monitor lake levels closely and determine if we are able to remain at the Step
One restrictions moving into the warmer months."
Lake Tyler is currently 2.5 feet below
spillway levels and Lake Palestine is full.
Voluntary Step One
modified drought measures call for residents to voluntarily conserve
water and limit irrigation of landscaped areas to Sundays, Tuesdays and
Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number
(0,2,4,6,8) or Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays for water customers with a
street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9). Additionally,
irrigation should be done between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The City originally implemented Stage
One drought measures in early October. Then on Dec. 13, Stage Two drought
measures were implemented.
"Although the restrictions are not
mandatory at this time, we encourage our residents to be prudent in their use
of this valuable natural resource," added Morgan. "Residents are urged to
check for leaking faucets and toilets, ensure sprinkler systems are adjusted to
NOT be watering pavement, and to irrigate only when necessary."