Monday, February 7, 2011

Texas Water shortage grips city

Water shortage grips city; restrictions should be lifted at 10 p.m., officials say - El Paso Times

The city watering restrictions that have been in effect since Saturday should be lifted at 10 p.m., city officials said.

El Paso Water Utility officials have called a press conference for 1 p.m. today. The water company is expected to announce that the restrictions will end because the water in the city's wells has been replenished, city officials said.

El Paso Mayor John Cook declared a water emergency on Sunday after a winter storm caused several water lines to break, which caused the water levels in the city's reservoirs to drop. The shortage caused schools to close, car washes and other businesses to shut down and authorities to mandate that residents curb water use for a third day.

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