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Date: June 13, 2018
City of Farmington Enacts Drought Stages 2 and 3
Water Shortage Watch/ Water Shortage Warning
Farmington, NM: During last night's City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council agreed that the circumstances surrounding the area's lack of water require the implementation of both the Stage 2 Drought: Water Shortage Watch and the Stage 3 Drought: Water Shortage Warning . "Unfortunately, stage 1, with its community voluntary water usage reduction did not take us far into summer season," David Sypher, Public Works Director said.
On May 1, 2018, the Farmington City Council declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage Advisory and urged citizens of Farmington to adopt an attitude of conservation, with a goal of 10% voluntary water usage reduction. However, with unusually warm temperatures, lack of snow pack, and an actual increase in water usage by the community, City Council has enacted both drought stages 2 and 3.
Beginning today, June 13th all water conservation measures listed in the stage 1 drought water shortage advisory, will become mandatory water restrictions for City of Farmington water users. Community members can view the Drought Stage Tri-fold Brochure at fmtn.org/drought.
Additionally, citizens using City water will be on a mandatory watering restriction schedule. Fees for violations of water use restrictions will be imposed in this stage. Community members can report water waste by visiting fmtn.org/drought
On July 16th, Stage 3 Drought: Water Shortage Warning will go into effect. All restrictions are additive to each successive stage, so community members must adhere to restrictions in both stages 1 and 2, with added water surcharges for City of Farmington users in stage 3.
“It is my sincere hope that citizens comply with the stage 2 mandatory watering limits of maximum 3 days per week,” said City Manager, Rob Mayes. “If level 2 is not successful in lowering city-wide water consumption significantly, the City will have no option, other than to execute the already authorized stage 3 drought warning, with ALL users paying significantly more for water through surcharges,” Mayes added.
The City of Farmington will continue to release updated information regarding the drought conditions. Community members are urged to access the following media channels: