On the Verge of Water Restrictions

- AMARILLO -- Stage one of Amarillo's revised drought contingency plan could be triggered this weekend.

    If that happens, voluntary water restrictions would be suggested.

    We've surpassed 70% of our daily capacity five of the seven days so far this month.

    It would take five consecutive days for stage one to kick in.  At our current pace, we would hit that mark Sunday.
    City utilities director Emmett Autry says it's a little early in the year for us to be using this much water.

    "We're starting off the way we did in 2011 as far as the weather is concerned and as far as water consumption is concerned.   Is it normal for us to have these kinds of usages in early May?  No, no, this is early."  Autry said.

    Autry says if we hit stage one this weekend, you'll start seeing public service announcements from the city asking residents to conserve more.
    While we could hit stage one sometime this weekend, stage two looks unlikely, at least right now.

    That would require us to use nearly 86 million gallons for five straight days.  A mark we haven't hit yet this year.

    If we do hit any of the stages, we would have to have five straight days of water usage below the threshold of each stage to remove the restrictions.

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