Local City Implements Severe Water Restrictions

MARLIN (July 13, 2013)—The City of Marlin implemented Stage 4 water restrictions late Friday night after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality suspended the city’s access to water in the Brazos River in response to a priority call from a senior rights holder.

Senior rights holders in have priority to water access in the Brazos River Basin.

The Brazos River Authority said it was working to help the city deal with the suspension.

As a result of the notification, the city said it must implement part or all of its six-stage Drought Contingency Plan and put the Stage 4 restrictions in place effective immediately.

Stage 4 bans landscape irrigation; the use of water to wash driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or other hard-surfaced areas; the use of water to wash down buildings or other structures except for the purpose of fire protection; the use of water to flush gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in gutters of streets, and the use of water to rill or refill swimming pools, hot tubs or spas.

Also Under the Stage 4 restrictions, leaks must be repaired promptly, water can’t be used for fountains or ponds except to support aquatic life.

Residents are permitted to use hand-held hoses, buckets or drip irrigation systems from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. until midnight, but the use of sprinklers or sprinkler systems is barred.

Commercial car washes are permitted to operate from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Violators could be fined as much as $500 and anyone who’s cited three or more times could lose water service.

Stage 5 and 6 restrictions could be implemented if needed, which could ultimately mean rationing of water supplies.

Marlin’s water supply comes from the Marlin Old and New Lakes and the Brazos River, according to the city’s website.

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