UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 8:52am
The City of Marlin's water situation shows no signs of improvements over the past forty eight hours and citizens are urged to continue practicing strict water conservation efforts. The water boil order also remains in place until further notice.
The city's drought contingency plan is currently in stage six which is water allocation. Strict water conservation is necessary in order to keep the water treatment online and supplying water to the city. Citizens and/or businesses who are using water in a wasteful or non-conserving manner should be immediately reported to the Marlin Police Department at (254)883-9255. All other questions can be directed to (254)883-1454 extension 240 or 239.
The City of Marlin thanks citizens and businesses for their continued cooperation and apologizes for any inconvenience.
POLICY RESPONSE TO TCEQ-DROUGHT CONDITIONS
To be fully implemented by November 14~,2012
The City of Marlin on November 6, 2012 had a failure of the Water Treatment Plant System. As a
result, it must implement all or part of its Drought Contingency Plan. There are six (6) stages of
increasing limitations in the city's Drought Contingency Plan in which the non-essential uses of city
water are regulated.
MILD ... Stage one (1) is a mild water shortage requiring voluntary adherence to defined restrictions.
MODERATE ... Stage two (2) is a moderate water shortage requiring certain non-essentiai limited usage.
SEVERE ... Stage three (3) is a severe water shortage requiring a greater number of non-essential
CRITICAL ... Stage four (4) requires compliance with numerous restrictions on certain non-essential water
EMERGENCY ... Stage five (5) is implemented when there is an unprecedented loss of capability by city.
WATER ALLOCATION ... Stage six (6) is implemented under direction of the Mayor or his designee,
when the need for city water by Marlin's citizens far exceeds the supply.
The city now exists in a Stage Six (6) WATER ALLOCATION drought environment, with an
unprecedented loss of capability to provide water service.
All or a portion of the water conservation steps enumerated in the Drought Contingency Plan as
Stage Six (6) will be implemented as of November 9, 2012. Those conservation steps to be
implemented are as follows:
(a) Irrigation of landscape areas is absolutely prohibited.
(b) No use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or other
hard surfaced areas.
(c) No use of water to wash down any sidewalk, driveway, parking lots, and tennis courts, etc.
(d) No use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purpose other than immediate fire protection.
(e) No use of water to fiush guttering or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street.
(D No use of water to fill, refill, or add to any inside or outside swimming pools or Jacuzzi-type
(g) Water users' must repair a controllabie leak within a reasonable period after having been given notice
direction the repair of such leaks.
(h) No use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to
support aquatic life.
(i) No use of water from fire hydrants, except for non-potable purposes, when approved by the City Manager
or Water Superintendent and for firefighting.
G) No application for new, additional, expanded, or increase in size of water service connections, meters,
service lines, pipeline extensions, mains or water service facilities of any kind shall be approved.
(k) Allocation are as follows:
Single Family Residential Customers
Persons per household Gallons per month
11 or mOre 12,000
Master Metered Multi-Family Residential Customers
Per dwelling unit 6,000
75% of customers usage for corresponding month's billing period for the
previous 12 months.
90% of the customers water usage baseline.
(I) No other non-essential use of city water.
'No person shall knowingly or intentionally allow the use of water for the City of Marlin for
residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, govemmentai, or any other purpose in a manner contrary to any
provision of this implementation policy of the Drought Contingency Plan, or in an amount in excess of that permitted by
the drought response stage in effect at the time pursuant to action taken by the city manager or his designee, in
accordance with provisions of this plan.'
Any person who violates this plan is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be
punished by fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars $100.00 and not more than Five Hundred
Dollars $500.00. Persons who commit multiple offenses of 3 or more times shall be disconnected
from the water system.