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City weighs water options
May 10, 2013

The City of Lisbon is considering adding a water conservation law to its books. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance at its 7 p.m. meeting this coming Monday.

"I think it's a good idea to have it in place so if we really get into a bad situation, it's ready to go," council member John Bardsley said.

The ordinance would allow the city to require water conservation under certain circumstances, such as droughts or equipment failure. There would be two levels of conservation, a water warning and a water emergency.

Under a warning, people wouldn't be able to water their lawns, other outdoor watering wouldn't be allowed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., car washing (other than by businesses that provide the service) would be prohibited, and water couldn't be used for swimming pools.

Under an emergency, the warning restrictions would apply and customers would be given a monthly allocation of water - 3,000 gallons per household. The ordinance allows the city council to make adjustments - for instance, for households with several people.

The ordinance also sets out penalties. A first violation results in a warning. For a second violation within a 12-month period, the customer will be charged double the water rate during the times the violation occurred. If there's a third violation, the double rate will apply and the city has the option to interrupt or restrict water service.

After Monday's public hearing, the ordinance would take three readings and publication in the newspaper to become law.

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