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POSTED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 6:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:19am

The first effect of this drought was the burn ban. And for weeks, many were asking, what is taking them so long?
Now, the other shoe has dropped, and it involves water.
There are new rules of the road for water use in Tyler.
From the city press release…
“Voluntary Step One modified drought measures call for residents to voluntarily conserve water and limit irrigation of landscaped areas to Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) …

…or Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9).

Additionally, irrigation should be done between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.”

The new restrictions were announced today because, the forecast is for a dry winter, and the rest is obvious.
If anyone is wondering why the city is taking this action, all they have to do is visit Lake Tyler.
On Lake Tyler East, some homes are still near the water, just barely.
Others now have docks that overlook a sea of grass.
The new rules, again, are voluntary and no discussion of mandatory limits is in the cards for now.
Step One measures usually kick in when the city is using 85% of its water capacity.
For Tyler that’s 63-million gallons a day.
We are currently averaging 41-million gallons a day.
The new rules begin on Sunday.
The weather forecast is for a so-called La Nina winter, and with no relief in sight, some folks are saying, it’s about time.

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