Even though the drought is technically over, city leaders in Graham will be bringing back water restrictions.
On Thursday, city council members in the small town agreed to temporarily go back into Stage 5 Drought Restrictions. This is the highest level in their drought contingency plan.
The reason for the temporary restrictions is because of work being done at the water treatment plant.
For the past year, crews have been working at the water treatment plant to make improvements to the facility. Now they are at the point where crews need to repair two valves. To do this the plant will have to be turned off. However, the work will only be done two days a week.
City Manager Brandon Anderson said they had tried to make the repairs just a few weeks ago, but there were some hiccups.
"In the middle of that project we had another flare up come up and had to call it off," he said.
It ended up being a good thing that they had to stop the project because afterward they realized they would have run out of water if they continued. Plus, while the repairs were being done at that time, the city asked residents to conserve water voluntarily. However, the efforts weren't enough. This is why this time they will be enacting drought restrictions.
"To ensure that we are able to maintain water supply for our community and to ensure that we get these changes don, we're asking that our citizens be respectful of that," Anderson said.
The restrictions will go into effect on Tuesday, August 18th and last until October 6th. Crews will only turn off the plant twice a week to make the improvements. Still, residents need to conserve as much water as they can.
"We'll have law enforcement assistance to make sure that we get everyone to be compliant with this stage," he said.
Anderson explained the plant is approximately 35-years-old, so it is due for a much needed upgrade. The total cost of the upgrades of the water treatment plant is around $14-million. It's being paid for through a bond.
City leaders expect the project to be completed by June 2016.
To take a look at the restrictions that will go in place, click here.