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City of Amarillo approves new drought contingency plan

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Amarillo, TX - The City of Amarillo is preparing for increased water usage this summer by adopting a revised Drought Contingency Plan.

The City Council approved the new plan at their Tuesday meeting. The plan makes triggering water restrictions a little easier so residents and businesses will conserve more. The city will now implement voluntary odd-even watering schedules if daily water usage exceeds 70 million gallons per day for five consecutive days. That number was previously at 80 million gallons in the Drought Contingency Plan from 2011.

On Monday alone, we used about 78 million gallons of water.

"Here we are at the first of May and we've already hit 78 million gallons. We've hit two or three other days since May rolled in where we were over 70. We've only had one day under 70 in the month of May so far. It was 68. But we just haven't had five in a row," said Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey.

Mandatory water schedule restrictions will now take place when usage exceeds 80 million gallons per day for five consecutive days. There are many other stages of restrictions if the number of gallons used continues to rise.

With how things are going so far this summer, Autrey said restrictions are highly likely.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10