Springfield has new water conservation measures and aldermen could soon give all authority to enact tougher measure to the mayor.
A proposed ordinance from Mayor Mike Houston would change the city’s drought management plan to allow for the mayor to make the executive decisions.
Houston says the proposal is a six-stage process with a different stage linked to the number of feet the lake levels have dropped.
Currently, Houston says, we would be considered in stage three with the lake down three feet.
In the proposed ordinance, the surcharges kick in at stage four and are set up in three different schedules coinciding with how severe the drought is.
The next stage would be when the lake is down four feet and then a surcharge would kick in on any water used that’s above what’s considered the standard lifeline of 3,500 gallons.
Houston introduced the ordinance setting up the new policy during Tuesday special city council meeting where aldermen voted on other water conservation measures.
The ordinance will be up for emergency passage during next week’s council meeting.
That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday as Tuesday is the National Night Out.