MF eyes changes to drought plan
July 04, 2013, 9:00 pm by Emily Zendt
Marble Falls' drought contingency plan could be getting an overhaul that lessens the severity of cutbacks due to new amendments approved at a Tuesday city council meeting that change the current trigger points and include special provisions for business owners.
"We’re asking to make changes that are more in alignment with other cities that have drought contingency plans,” said City Manager Ralph Hendricks.
The current plan, which was developed in collaboration with the Lower Colorado River Authority, outlines an increased percentage of daily water usage cutbacks at the various stages of drought, called trigger points. The proposed changes would reduce those percentages by about half at every stage.
The current plan calls for daily water demand to be cut by 20 percent at stage one, 30 percent at stage two, 40 percent at stage three, and 60 percent at stage four.
The proposed changes will changes those daily demand goals to 5-10 percent in stage one, 10-20 percent in stage two, 30 percent in stage three and 25 percent in stage four.
the new changes, the city would be authorized to implement mandatory water
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