Water restrictions go into effect

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 10, 2013

By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent
MABANK–As youngsters played games on the ballfields in George Watts Park just a few blocks away, Mayor Jeff Norman advised public works director Steve Barley to make sure city personnel complied with new water restrictions during the council meeting June 4.
“If we’re going to ask our citizens to do it, we’re going to have to do it too,” Norman said. He noted the ballfields currently were looking good, but there could be no more watering of them during the day.
Stage 2 water restrictions went into effect for Mabank June 3 as Cedar Creek Lake’s pool level continued to drop. As of June 4 the lake had dropped to 3.66 feet below full pool, as have all the other water reservoirs in the North Texas area.
The water restrictions mandate that lawn watering be limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for irrigation systems. The restrictions prohibit the filling of swimming pools, and the washing of vehicles, boats and trailers will only be allowed with a bucket and a hose with a cut-off valve.
Watering with a hand-held hose or a refillable water bucket is allowed at any time or day. Soaker hoses may be used for house foundations and trees.
The restrictions are expected to save 216,000 gallons of water per day, a reduction of 10 percent of normal usage in the city.
In other action, the council:
• approved participation in a 200-city coalition formed to negotiate utility rates with Atmos Energy. The agreement will extend for five years, which calls for yearly negotiations of new rates.
• approved the city’s participation in the Kaufman County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will help the city with projects such as cleaning out ditches for improved storm drainage and make grants available to residents who want to construct storm shelters.
• approved the revision of signature cards at First State Bank and Citizens Bank to reflect Jeff Norman, Dennis Terry, Larry Teague, Midge Odom, Fairy Gonzalez, Sandra Thomas and Shannon Steakley as authorized signers on city bank accounts.