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.
Carthage is being pro-active by encouraging water conservation by a combination of mandatory and voluntary measures.
Businesses are required to stop watering their lawns.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the city is concerned since the level at the city's lake has fallen by five feet recently.
He expects businesses will honor the ban. Smith says, “We've had good luck in the past and I think we'll probably not have any problem this time.”Businesses that ignore the order could be subject to fines.