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City tightens watering restrictions

By Walter Geiger Barnesville’s water reservoir was down 7.6 feet as of Nov. 18 and, on Monday morning, the city tightened water restrictions for its water customers here and in Milner. EPD has also implemented Level 2 restrictions that coincide with Barnesville’s. Those with even numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 10 a.m. Those with odd-numbered addresses can water on Thursday and Sunday during the same hours. Additionally, washing streets and sidewalks is banned as is the ornamental use of water for fountains and similar displays. Fire hydrants can be opened only for firefighting and other emergencies. Washing vehicles, non-commercial pressure washing and fundraising car washes are also banned. Commercial car washes can continue to operate for now. ’We are urging water system users to conserve water by any reasonable means in addition to adhering to these restrictions,’ city manager Kenny Roberts said. Roberts noted that the Nov. 18 reservoir water level was exactly the same as it was on Nov. 18, 2011, the peak of another dry spell. Fire remains the top danger from drought. As of Monday, non contained fires in north Georgia had consumed 43,793 acres and were still burning, according to chief fire ranger Jeff Kenerly.

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