Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 12, 2013

City considers voluntary water restrictions

By Janet Jacobs

Corsicana — The City of Corsicana, which controls most of the drinking water in Navarro County, is considering voluntary water restrictions next week, if usage continues as it has.

On a typical day, the city pumps about 5 million gallons of water a day to local industries, city residents, and wholesale customers like the Chatfield Water Cooperative and M.E.N. water system.

Before the recent water line break, the city peaked at 13 million gallons a day, and since the leak’s repair demand has been hovering between 10 million and 12 million a day, said Charles Leist, director of environmental services for the City of Corsicana.

“The first stage is voluntary water restrictions,” Leist said. “We need some rain.”

The restrictions wouldn’t go into effect until the city hits 67 percent capacity, and they’re anticipating that could come as soon as Tuesday, Leist said.

The last time the city instituted this kind of restriction because of low lake levels was Sept. 18, 2012.