By Jackie Stone
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS - Residents of Lampasas were put under two temporary mandates Monday, one to limit water use as demand ramps up and one aimed at preventing the spread of rabies.
City Manager Michael Stoldt said the city issued mandatory water conservation measures Monday because of dry conditions combined with high demand. The strictures are listed on the city's website.
"We are hitting water demand figures that we normally don't see until July," he told city council members at their regular meeting Monday night.
Stoldt said the city has had trouble keeping its water storage tanks at their usual levels. One tank that normally has 40 feet of water currently has about 29 feet, he said.
Stoldt said he hopes the tanks will fill quickly and the city will be downgraded to voluntary water conservation measures soon.
Later Monday evening, the city council voted to designate the next six months as a "time of elevated risk of rabies" after three rabies cases were confirmed in the city and Lampasas County in the past month. The council also amended the city's animal ordinance to include new requirements for a "time of elevated risk of rabies."
As amended, the ordinance requires that all animals adopted from the shelter be vaccinated for rabies, and requires that during a declared elevated risk time, any animal that is picked up and taken to the animal shelter - whether a stray or belonging to an owner - must be vaccinated or have a proof of vaccination shown before they will be adopted out or released to their owner.
Police Chief Timothy Angermann said the city usually sees about one case of rabies a year, but has seen three in the past month.
"We need to step up to the plate and do something," he said.
The ordinance also requires that if an animal is required to have a rabies vaccination, the owner or adopter will pay the fees charged by the veterinarian.
In other action, the council voted to create a "no parking zone" along State Highway 281 South from the bridge over Sulphur Creek to the city limits.
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Mandatory Water Restrictions
Use of irrigation systems or yard watering to be done only after the hours of 7 p.m. and before 10 a.m., on an odd/even calendar day corresponding to your resident address.
Washing of commercial establishment or residential driveways and parking areas is prohibited.
Filling, re-filling or adding of water to pools, hot tubs, wading pools and other such items is limited to only on the odd/even calendar day corresponding to your resident address.
Use of ornamental fountains and waterfalls is prohibited.
Consumption of water from fire hydrants may only be used for fire protection and permitted use.
Watering of the city parks and athletic fields is restricted to the odd/even calendar day corresponding to the address.
All public water used for municipal operations will be suspended, except for essential functions.