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Eastland reminds residents about upcoming Stage 1 watering restrictions

EASTLAND, Texas - The city of Eastland wants to remind users of city-supplied water that Stage 1water use restrictions go into effect Thursday.

Beginning then, outside watering may only be accomplished four hours per day on the "odd/even watering schedule."

Addresses ending in odd numbers may only water outside on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Addresses ending in even numbers may only water outside on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"Nobody likes having to live with water use restrictions, but enacting them now is the prudent thing to do," Eastland Mayor Larry Vernon said. "We worked extensively in 2011 with all Lake Leon water users to identify the trigger point to begin water use restrictions.  

"The present level of Lake Leon is below the first trigger point so the Stage 1 restrictions need to go into effect," he added.

By contract, the city of Carbon and the rural water supply corporations that receive their water from the city of Eastland must follow Eastland's use restrictions. The present level of Lake Leon is seven feet below its capacity, leaving the reservoir about two-thirds full. It has almost seven feet to go before reaching its all-time low point that occurred in October 2011.

There are two exceptions to the city of Eastland's Stage 1 water use restrictions. Newly planted landscapes can be given a three-week waiver by getting a permit from the city.   

And, because Lakeside Golf Course is irrigated by effluent from Eastland's wastewater plant and from Lake Eastland, it is exempt from the watering restrictions.

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