City urges citizens to ration water
By Allison Flores
As of Tuesday, Nov. 24, the City of Yorktown has initiated Stage 1 of its Water Rationing Plan and Drought Contingency Plan.
Stage 1 is a Voluntary Water Rationing plan that goes into effect when the pumping demand reaches 650,000 gallons per day for five or more consecutive days. The City emphasizes that this is a voluntary stage and that rationing is left up to citizens and customers to save as much water as possible.
Stage 2 restrictions go into effect if the pumping demand rises after issuing Stage 1. If this happens, residents must follow guidelines for conserving water by only watering lawns once a week on designated watering days during the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Watering days are determined by the location of the residency in town. Riedel Street will divide the City into two portions, East and West. Further watering days and locations will be provided to citizens if necesary.
The City’s Water Rationing Plan also has a Stage 3 and 4 that include mandatory and extreme restrictions if a drought continues.
DeWitt County Commissioners implemented a burn ban on Monday, Nov. 23; the ban prohibits outdoor burning within the county. In accordance to Section 352.081 of the Local Government Code, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates this order commits a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500. DeWitt County will also seek restitution for fire calls.
More information and excemptions of the burn ban can be found on the DeWitt County website; the City of Yorktown’s Facebook page will be informing the community on water restrictions.