Carthage's water conservation measures have not stabilized the level of the city's lake reservoir.
Second Ward Alderman Gary Smith says the measures have reduced water consumption since they were enacted last month.
He says, “Before it (got) to be critical, we started saving, trying to have conservation. It's been real good. The usage is down significantly.”
The city banned businesses watering their lawns. The city also asked residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. Smith says consumption has been cut from 250,000 gallons per day to 210,000.