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.
Aldermen are reviewing whether to alter the Facade Forgivable Loan Program based on recommendations from the City Council's Community Development Committee.
One proposal is to increase the city's share of the costs for facade improvements from 50% to 66%.
“That would mean if somebody had a $30,000 project, they could get $20,000 of that from us and $10,00 of their own money. If that's not incentive enough to put on their best face, I don't know what else we can do,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter.