Mandatory water restrictions in South Caddo parish

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 6:49pm

Drought is a word that's been thrown around a lot lately. But how bad it it? Bad enough to declare an emergency, according to Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources. According to studies by Professory Gary Hanson, water levels in some wells have fallen drastically over the last three years. One well on Mayo Road saw a 5 1/2 foot drop in 3 weeks.

Concern over the water levels led to the state imposing water restrictions today. According to the order, this will...


"include limitations on residential lawn and golf course fairway watering, washing of vehicles and equipment beyond what is necessary to achieve proper maintenance, the filling of ponds for aesthetic purposes, and the filling of pools beyond maintenance purposes. Industrial wells are prohibited from withdrawing water beyond what is necessary for human consumptive and agricultural purposes, and may not exceed withdrawal of 300 gallons per day for any other reason without prior authorization from the Commissioner of Conservation."

Affected areas include anyone who gets water from the Carrizo-Wilcox or Upland Terrace aquifiers. The restrictions will stay in place....

"until the Office of Conservation has sound and objective information indicating conditions of the aquifers have improved and no longer pose a significant risk of adverse impact to the aquifers or existing water wells."

Stay tuned to Fox 33 for more on this developing story.


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