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WESTMINSTER : A Plan to Conserve Water Approved, 5-0

The city adopted a conservation program this week that restricts water use during shortages.

The ordinance, passed by a 5-0 vote, allows the city manager to impose graduated levels of water rationing when the city appears unable to meet customer demand.

The ordinance established four water stage alerts. At the first stage, water conservation is voluntary. At higher stages, the city can restrict lawn watering, the washing of vehicles, operation of public fountains and the watering of livestock. The city is not now in any stage of alert.

According to the ordinance, chronic water wasters may have service cut off and can be fined if they fail to comply with regulations during shortages.

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