DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas City Council has approved permanent watering restrictions even though the area is no longer part of one of the worst droughts in Texas history.
Mayor Mike Rawlings and most council members applauded Wednesday's vote as a conservation tool that will extend the water supply another 10 years to 2045.
The new ordinance will limit sprinkler use by residents and businesses to twice a week. There will be no restrictions on other watering methods, such as drip lines, soaker hoses and hand-watering.
The Dallas Morning News reports that two council members voted against the measure, citing concerns about damaging millions of dollars in landscaping.
Generous rainfall in recent months has pulled the Dallas area out of a drought that lingers in other parts of Texas.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com
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