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October 15, 2013

City lifts mandatory water restrictions

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville is no longer under mandatory restrictions on water usage.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim issued a notice Monday evening indicating the city was returning to Stage 1 water conservation measures, which calls for voluntary limits on the irrigation of landscaped areas.

The city had been under Stage 2 water use restrictions, which limited watering to two days a week, since July 8.

As the levels on the Municipal Reservoir System and Lake Tawakoni are still lower than normal, Ebrahim said the city will remain for now under Stage 1 — Mild Water Shortage Conditions.

Under Stage 1, water customers are asked to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas and are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.

Even with the scattered rainfall Sunday and Monday, the water level on Lake Tawakoni, from which the City of Greenville pumps to maintain the levels on the Municipal Reservoir System, was listed Monday evening at 428.49 feet, about 9 feet below the spillway. Lake Tawakoni was reported to be 65.8 percent full Monday.

Cities served by the North Texas Municipal Water District remained Monday under Stage 3 outdoor watering restrictions, which means residential and business customers are limited to landscape watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems once every seven days. Other restrictions apply, depending on the city.

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