Local water resources drying up, causing usage restrictions

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by Noelle Gardner / KENS 5

kens5.com

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 18 at 12:13 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Water resources in South Central Texas continue to evaporate under the searing heat.

So Kerrville is tightening its water restrictions, starting Wednesday.

Residents with automatic sprinkler systems will need to check the timers, because mandatory stage one restrictions are now in effect.

This measure is a proactive approach should there be a prolonged period of dry weather courtesy of hot and dry conditions.

The seven-day average water demand in Kerrville has reached 65 percent of the city's safe operating capacity.

Automatic irrigation and sprinklers can only be used on certain times and dates.

New Braunfels utilities is asking customers to cut back on water use. The Edwards Aquifer Authority issued a similar plea.

City leaders are encouraging residents to limit outdoor watering to the coolest parts of the day, before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

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