The Canyon City commission will be discussing stage II of their water drought contingency plan Monday night.
Canyon residents might soon have to make changes to how they use their water. City officials say they are reaching stage II triggers of the plan. They say the total water consumption must reach 75 percent of what the city can produce for five consecutive days for stage II to take effect. If this happens, the City of Canyon will require even/odd watering days.
"We've recalculated our triggers. We are over those stage II triggers and have been for the last week or so. That allows us to go ahead and implement the next stage," Dan Reese, Public Works Director, said. Reese adds stage II will help Canyon better conserve water for the upcoming drought months.
Large water consumers like West Texas A&M will also be asked to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. Canyon has seen stage three usage numbers this summer and the city is prepared to implement stage three if necessary. Stage three is considered sever water shortage conditions and includes more restrictions.
A fine of $50 to $500 will be issued for violations of the contingency plan and is considered a misdemeanor.