A Water Shortage Alert has been issued for residents of Laurel Water District #2.
The Water Shortage Alert establishes a mandatory water usage reduction of at least 20%. The Water Shortage Alert also establishes an excessive water usage charge of $5.50 per 1,000 gallons, a fine of up to $250.00, up to ninety days imprisonment, and/or termination of water service.
All non-essential water usage is now prohibited. Examples of non-essential water usage include:
* Failure to repair a controllable water leak.
* Increasing water levels in scenic and recreational ponds and lakes except for minimum amounts required to support fish and wildlife.
* Fountains, reflecting pools and artificial waterfalls.
* Watering of annuals or non-woody plants, lawns, parks, golf course fairways, playing fields and other recreational areas.
* Washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or other hard surface areas.
* Washing down buildings or structures for purpose other than immediate fire protection.
* Testing fire apparatus and fire department drills.
The Water Shortage Alert is in effect until further notice.
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