Farmington implements water shortage advisory
May 03, 2018 05:22 PM
FARMINGTON, N.M. – Drought conditions have prompted a water advisory in yet another New Mexico city.
Farmington’s City Council unanimously approved a water shortage advisory Wednesday. Residents are being asked to voluntarily conserve water to help hit the goal of reducing water usage by ten percent city-wide.
City officials are asking people to only water lawns between 6 and 10 a.m. and to limit washing concrete surfaces. Restaurants are also being asked to only serve water when requested by a customer.
This is only the second time the city of Farmington has implemented the plan for dealing with water shortages in times of drought. According to our partners at the Farmington Daily Times, the city first used the plan back in 2002.
There are four stages to the plan that increase restrictions stage by stage. The final stage prohibits outdoor water use. City Manager Rob Mayes told the council it’s unlikely the city would have to implement the third or fourth stage unless drought conditions continue for multiple years in a row.
The dry conditions have the San Juan County Commission thinking ahead to fireworks season, approving a resolution that restricts the sale of certain fireworks. That resolution is set to go into effect June 8 and last for one month.
Commissioners acknowledge that the restriction will be hard for some business owners who rely on the sale of fireworks as income. They wanted to announce the resolution as early as possible so that vendors could prepare appropriately.
Updated: May 03, 2018 05:22 PM
Created: May 03, 2018 10:33 AM
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