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City of Dallas water ordinance examined

DALLAS — The city of Dallas is considering an ordinance establishing water use regulations during droughts or other emergency situations.

November 05, 2013

DALLAS — The city of Dallas is considering an ordinance establishing water use regulations during droughts or other emergency situations.

Dallas City Council reviewed the ordinance in a first reading Monday and will revisit it for a second reading and vote at its Nov. 18 meeting.

Drought conditions are broken up into three stages, with water usage regulations for commercial and residential customers getting stricter with each phase.

A Stage One is triggered when the city's water source, Mercer Reservoir, has less than a 90-day supply. Stage Two is at less than a 60-day supply. Stage Three is when there is less than a 30-day supply remaining.

In addition to the proposed ordinance, the city would begin an information campaign to help residents understand restrictions, as well as practice conservation at all times.

"We want to do education now, while it's raining," Dallas city manager Ron Foggin said. "We want to talk to people before it's an emergency.

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