No more suggestions - DeSoto's watering restrictions are now a mandate.
The City of DeSoto has implemented Stage 2 watering restrictions, as water usage in the city remains at record levels.
"Of the water that we produce, we're using 90% of that water for more than five consecutive days," said Isom Cameron, deputy city manager. "The idea is to be able to bring that water usage down to around 80% or so over the next few days."
Just like in Stage 1, residents may only water their lawns and landscaping once every five days, and only between the hours of 5:00-9:00 a.m. and 7:00-11:00 p.m.
"A lot of the parameters that were in place from Stage 1 are in place from Stage 2," Cameron said. "It's just that Stage 2 is mandatory, so we have the ability to implement some enforcement measures."
The dates in which residents may water their lawns is determined by the last digit of their street addresses:
0 and 5: 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th
1 and 6: 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st, 26th
2 and 7: 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd, 27th
3 and 8: 3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th, 23rd, 28th
4 and 9: 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th
No watering on the 31st
Apartments, office building complexes and other properties containing multiple addresses will be identified using their lowest address number.
The above schedule and time constraints also apply to hand-washing cars, of which Cameron said there's a better alternative.
"It's a little less efficient than going to a commercial car wash because those commercial car washes recycle a lot of water they use."
There will be no penalties for watering using a handheld hose, a watering container, or a drip system; however, people are being asked to keep usage to a minimum.
Restaurants will also be prohibited from serving diners water unless they ask for it.
Violators face fines of up to two-thousand dollars per offense.
The Stage 2 restrictions are in place until further notice.
"The fact that we haven't had any measurable amount of rain for the past several months here in this area, it just has exacerbated the issue," Cameron said.
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