Carthage is being pro-active by encouraging water conservation by a combination of mandatory and voluntary measures.
Businesses are required to stop watering their lawns.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the city is concerned since the level at the city's lake has fallen by five feet recently.
He expects businesses will honor the ban. Smith says, “We've had good luck in the past and I think we'll probably not have any problem this time.”Businesses that ignore the order could be subject to fines.
Carthage is trying a new solution to a persistent problem last year-water discoloration. The city's drinking water was never unsafe, just unsavory. It was frequently a dull green. The city liberally applied chemicals to the water with little effect.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the three aerators will bubble air through the lake. The action will thoroughly mix the layers of water and reduce algae formation.
He says, “This is kind of an ongoing process. It might take a year to get the lake rehabilitated.”
Carthage residents will soon get a call from city hall. A new phone message system is being set up by city employees.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the system has been very easy to set up. He says the contact numbers for water service customers are being used for the initial test.
He says, “If we have a number that isn't one that they want called they can let us know. We're going to let residents use up to three numbers that they can have called. So a cell phone or home phone or whatever they want.”