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Daytime lawn watering no-no in Mabton

MABTON - Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera informed council members that, starting today, the Public Works Department will be knocking on residents' doors when they notice lawns are being watered during the day.

"The (domestic) water flow is slow," Herrera told council members at their regular meeting Tuesday night, adding that the water level is only at a nine, when it should be up in the 20's.

This prompted council member Vera Zavala to ask about the watering system in the parks because she said she noticed that some of the newly planted rose bushes have died due to lack of water. "All of the roses on one end (of the park) are dead," she said.

Herrera said Public Works employees will advise residents who water during the day to shut the water off and water only in the evening or at night until the water level goes back up.

Herrera did add that the city is waiting for work on well number five to be completed, but had no estimated time frame as to when that might happen.

Council members did unanimously approve a resolution for an additional $5,446.39 to be spent on the project, with $148,199.08 being spent overall.

At the June 26, 2007 council study session, council member Mario Martinez suggested council find a way to make irrigation water available in Mabton, even if it's by digging a shallow well.

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