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Water restrictions in Huntsville lifted after rainfall improves drought conditions

Senior Reporter

Published: Monday, September 24, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 01:09

The City of Huntsville is no longer under voluntary water restrictions thanks to the vast amount of rainfall in last 10 days.

Huntsville was put under Stage 1 water shortage conditions on Sept. 7 after reaching more than 10 million gallons of firm production capacity for 10 consecutive days. Huntsville’s most current water production fell below that peak amount to an average of 8.4 million gallons from Sept. 11-20.

Stage 1 water restriction conditions resulted from the dry weather, high temperatures and overall lack of rain over the summer months, according to Carol Reed, Huntsville Public Utilities Director.

Under the Stage 1 restrictions residents were asked to reduce their water consumption for non-essential uses, like washing motor vehicles or power-washing surfaces and sidewalks.

The several inches of rain that fell in Huntsville on Sept. 13 and 14 have also influenced the life of the county burn ban last Monday.

“Usage has decreased roughly 20 percent since the recent rainfall, which prompted the restriction to be rescinded,” Joyce Hubbard, Water Superintendent of the City of Huntsville, said.

Some parts of Huntsville received up to three inches of rain, whereas in other parts of the city only an inch fell.

The most current drought monitor map of Texas shows that during the time span of the rainfall, Texas’ drought conditions have improved. Between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, the map shows a four percent shift from 92 to 88 percent of the state experiencing “Abnormally Dry” conditions, including a majority of Walker County. The most current map shows parts of Walker County are included in the addition of land no longer considered dry.

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