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Jun 18, 2013 4:49 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Stage 2 Water Restrictions And Why They Have Changed

CORPUS CHRISTI - For the first time in 25 years Stage 2 Water Restrictions has been revised.

The Water Department Director says the city has never seen a drought as intense as the one we're going through right now. That's why he wanted to review the drought contingency plan, to see if it measures up against a severe drought situation. It turns out it didn't. The original plan wasn't where it needed to be as far as making residents change their behavior, and use less water on a daily basis.

"That's what it is, it's changing behaviors of the community," said Water Director Gus Gonzalez.

So while the city says the revised plan may seem more inconvenient to residents, their hope is that this will change water use behaviors year round.

"It's so important that we maintain our water our vital water resource for this entire Coastal Bend Region... For this economic growth that we are facing currently today," said Gonzalez.

Because of that economic growth, the city also had to keep in mind businesses that rely on the city's water.

"40 Percent of our water goes to industrial, so it's a difference between jobs and having a decent landscape," said Gonzalez.

This more intense drought plan allows for those companies that need the water, to maintain access to it so residents stay employed.

The new water restrictions will go into affect Monday the 24th. To see the full list of Stage 2 Water Restrictions click - here.

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