Water restrictions may be on the way

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Decatur folks used lots of water last year.

Over the past 12 months, city residents pumped 556,413,000 gallons of treated water into homes, lawns and business firms, according to City Manager Brett Shannon. He told the city’s water board Wednesday that averaged 46,367,750 gallons per month.

“The time may be coming when we begin restricted outdoor watering,” Shannon told the board. He said the city must follow the recommendations of Tarrant Regional Water District on outdoor watering. Decatur buys its raw water from Lake Bridgeport, which is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Lake Bridgeport is 17 feet below conservation level.

“The rule is that when lakes throughout their system reach 75 percent of capacity they impose restrictions. I read today that the lakes are now at 76 percent so unless there are some major rains, restrictions are coming,” Shannon said.

All three water board officers were reelected at Wednesday’s meeting including Sam W. Renshaw, president, J.E. Carson, vice president and Roy J. Eaton secretary. Other members of the board are Gary Cocanougher and Dwight Reeves.

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