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POSSIBILITIES IF WATER LEVEL KEEPS DROPPING

If Falls Lake reaches 242.73 feet, the lowest recorded level, which was set in November 1993, City Manager Russell Allen can enact Stage 3 restrictions.

The lake was about 243.5 feet Tuesday and falls about a tenth of a foot a day. That means the city could enact Stage 3 restrictions sometime next week.

STAGE 3 RULES INCLUDE:

* Watering by automatic spray irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers is prohibited.

* No new landscaping that requires irrigation may be installed after Stage 3 restrictions are enacted.

* Watering by low volume drip irrigation system is banned.

* No swimming or wading pools may be filled with water.

* Washing vehicles at any location is prohibited, except as specifically approved by the city to maintain public health and sanitary conditions of the vehicles at certified car wash facilities.

* Washing of areas such as sidewalks, patios, decks, driveways, parking lots, streets and exterior building surfaces is prohibited.

The restriction does not apply to the washing areas for the maintenance of public health and sanitary conditions only if a specific permit for such water use is applied for in advance.

The city must issue a permit that limits the location, time and amount of water to be used. The restriction does not apply to properties using nonpotable water.

* Leaking water services or plumbing must be repaired within 24 hours of written notification.

* Drinking water shall not be served in a public restaurant, except upon request. The use of paper plates and utensils is encouraged and recommended in restaurants, but not required.

* All nonessential use of water for commercial or public use is prohibited.

* Do not operate water-cooled air conditioners or other equipment that does not recycle cooling water, except when health and safety are adversely affected.

* Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts will ask guests spending more than one night to use their towels and bed linens more than once between laundering.

* Violators will be fined $1,000 for the first violation and risk getting their water cut off for subsequent offenses.

EXEMPTIONS FOR LANDSCAPE WATERING

Restrictions do not apply to properties using hoses fitted with nozzles that have automatic spring-loaded shut-off valves to water landscaping plants, shrubs and trees or to properties using nonpotable water. They also do not apply to low-volume drip irrigation for watering of commercial container plants and commercial plant stock in trade.

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