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Electra Reaches Stage 3 Of Drought Restrictions

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Electra residents could end up paying more money for every drop of water.

On Wednesday the town went into stage 3 of drought restrictions and businesses there are making big changes.

"It's a little bit of an inconvenience. You don't get quite the quality of workmanship that you would like to see in your restaurants but you know, you have to do it," said Scott Lamke, the general manager of Pump City Diner.

Lamke says with the new restrictions employees can no longer spill a lot of water on the diner's floor to clean it.

"Now we put our chairs up and depending on how business is, instead of moping every single day we can get away with moping the dinning rooms every other day versus every day but of course the kitchen always has to be done," said Lamke.

Moping the floors might bring him a low water bill but it takes his employees longer to do it. That's why now he has to pay them extra to keep them working longer but he says the key to saving water is in the little details.

"Rather than running dishwashers that are only half full, I make sure that are cooks are filling those machines up before they run those dishes through there," added the manager.

He says now he will also turn off the ice machines at night and won't fill up ice bins before closing so the water doesn't melt over night and goes to waste. All of this to help the city of Electra reach its goal, conserve 15% of the daily consumption of water.

For residents the restrictions mean that those who have odd number addresses will only be allowed to water on Mondays. Even numbered addresses can only water on Fridays. Those who can water on Mondays can use sprinklers only from midnight to 10 a.m. and for Friday the hours would be 6 p.m. to midnight.

All non-essential water use as detailed below will be prohibited or allowed under certain conditions as noted. Non-essential water uses include:

Irrigation of landscaped areas and parks. No waivers on new landscaping will be granted; golf courses may water according to the above address criteria, however, watering is limited to the greens only; use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle. Fundraising car washes are prohibited: Commercial car wash facilities are exempt under Stage 3; use of water to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas; use of water to wash down building or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection; flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to support aquatic life; failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s); and use of water from outside fire hydrants for construction purposes or any other purposes other than firefighting and flushing of lines to maintain a potable water supply.

The city of Electra will enforce this restrictions 24 hours a day and if you fail to follow any of them you could be fined up to $200.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6