Mineral Wells Adds Water Restrictions

A North Texas town famous for its mineral waters is imposing water restrictions on residents because the main reservoir of water is only a quarter full.

The 31,000 people in Mineral Wells, as well as those in surrounding towns that buy water from Mineral Wells, are being limited to once-a-week outdoor watering starting Tuesday. It's another reminder of the drought, which began in 2010 and has prompted authorities across the state to implement restrictions on the use of water.

"I've been praying for rain," Mineral Wells mayor Mike Allen told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "If we don't get rain, we're going to have to take some very drastic measures."

Rainfall in Mineral Wells, a town of about 16,000 residents 50 miles west of Fort Worth, is more than 33 inches below normal since October 2010, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation in the town has been similar to the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but this month, it saw about half of what the rest of the area got.

The Mineral Wells restrictions will apply also to customers in Graford, Palo Pinto, Santo and Millsap.

Read more: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Mineral-Wells-Restricts-Water-Use-Amid-Long-Drought-253210831.html

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