Jacksboro is currently under stage one drought conditions. For the city of Jacksboro, the three levels of drought condition are mild, moderate and severe.
The drought contingency plans are placed to help conserve water. Stage one’s expected reduction of water use is 10 percent where stage five is a 30 percent reduction expectation. Fines and surcharges can be placed in the more severe stages if water is used in excess of the designated contingency plan.
According to the city’s drought contingency plan, the first trigger for stage one occurred when the Jacksboro lake level dropped below 1,000 feet mean sea level.
The City of Bryson is not producing an adequate amount of water from its well to support the town and purchases water from Graham. Fort Belknap water Supply transports the water. Although Graham is in its stage 2 non-voluntary water restrictions, Bryson has not enacted any.
Jacksboro’s contingency plan is at a voluntary level. Residents are requested to implement water conservation measures including limiting lawn watering to once every five days, car washing to once a week and reduce indoor usage by 10 percent.
Although the restrictions are voluntary, residents and businesses can still be doing their part in conserving.
Gary Oliver, owner of Tiger Wash said car washes are a more conservative alternative to washing cars at home.
“Water is an important resource and can be taken for granted,” Oliver said. “We are blessed to have it and should do our part in conserving it.”
According to studies done by Southwest Car Wash Association, a car wash uses approximately one-third of what would be used at home with a garden hose.
The average garden hose pours 10 gallons per minute.
Read the entire article in the Jack County Herald, April 11