As lake levels continue to drop, the City of Henrietta is modifiying its water contingency plan to conserve the valuable resource.
Kelley Bloodworth, Henrietta City Administrator, says the city is one step closer to enforcing stage four water restriction's after learning its main water source fell under 30%.
Bloodworth says, "We haven't even used half of what we are allotted out of Lake Arrowhead but we want to be proactive and try to anticipate that water lost and we don't want to put ourselves in a situation where we run out of water."
Lake Arrowhead sits at 29.8%, and Bloodworth says the city council will hold a special meeting later this week to enact stage four water restrictions.
Under those restrictions, the use of hose end sprinklers will be prohibited at all times.
Henrietta residents will be allowed to water only on designated days and only with hand held hoses or buckets.
The use of water to wash vehicles or to fill or refill swimming pools will also not be allowed.
Bloodworth says the city would remain in stage four until the critical water shortage conditions are over.
"We could reverse it but I don't anticipate that they would reverse it until we get some significant rainfall," Bloodworth says. "If it went up to 30.1%, I don't think they would revoke that."
Bloodworth says during the special meeting, a new ordinance will be presented to the council to enact surcharges for the different levels of water users so residents may see a rate increase on their next bill as well.