ATHENS — The City of Athens on Monday initiated Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan. The plan went into effect immediately.
In a notice to the public, the city described Stage I as occuring during "mild water shortage conditions."
As part of the plan, Athens Municipal Water Authority customers and the City of Athens water customers are being asked to "voluntarily conserve water and adhere to prescribed restrictions on certain water uses. Customers are asked to reduce water use by 10 percent daily and to discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.
Water customers are requested to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to even-numbered days for those with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) and odd-numbered days for those with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9).
Water customers also are being asked to refrain from irrigating landscapes between the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A complete copy of the Drought Contingency Plan is available to the public at Athens City Hall,
508 East Tyler Street, Athens, Texas or www.athenstexas.us.