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Posted: Monday, July 9, 2001 12:00 am

By ANTHONY CASKEY

The Monitor

McALLEN While city residents can legally water their lawns on their

irrigation days in the evening, the city is asking residents to water their

lawns in the morning only.

The city is currently following stage 2 water conservation, said Tony Reid,

utility manager for the McAllen Public Utilities. Stage 2 provisions allow

watering outdoors on irrigation days in the morning from midnight to 10 a.m.

or in the evening from 6 p.m. to midnight.

We included in the water statement that went out this past month a letter to

all of our citizens asking them to conserve water and to voluntarily limit

their lawn watering to morning hours, Reid said. In the evening, we have the

highest demand, and it puts the most stress on the system.

The reservoirs are still down at 40 percent of their capacity even though we

have had rain, he said. The reservoirs have not refilled.

The conservation ordinance divides McAllen into six watering zones.

Residents who live in zone 1 can water their lawns Sunday and Wednesday at the

designated times. Zone 1 is bounded by 10th Street to the east, Nolana Avenue

to the south, the citys northern limits to the north, and the citys western

limits to the west.

People who live in zone 2 can water Mondays and Thursdays at the designated

times. Zone 2 is bounded by the citys eastern limits to the east, Nolana

Avenue to the south, the citys northern limits to the north, and 10th Street

to the west.

Residents in zone 3 can water Tuesdays and Fridays at the designated times.

Zone 3 is bounded by 10th Street to the east, Business 83 to the south, Nolana

Avenue to the north, and the citys western limits to the west.

Residents in zone 4 can water Wednesdays and Saturdays at the designated

times. Zone 4 is bounded by the citys eastern limits to the east, Business 83

to the south, Nolana Avenue to the north, and 10th Street to the west.

People who live in zone 5 can water Thursdays and Mondays at the designated

times. Zone 5 is bounded by 10th Street to the east, the citys southern

limits to the south, Business 83 to the north, and the citys western limits

to the west.

Residents in zone 6 can water Fridays and Tuesdays at the designated times.

Zone 6 is bounded by eastern city limits to the east, southern city limits to

the south, Business 83 to the north, and 10th Street to the west.

We issue two or three warnings before someone is issued a ticket, Reid said.

However, Protocol calls for a fine to be issued to a resident on his or her

first offense, Reid stated in a press release.

It (issuing warnings) is a courtesy, said Javier Santiago, plant

superintendent. Were giving warnings because other cities arent enforcing

it (the provisions) like we are.

While the city issues warnings before issuing a citation, the warnings are

cumulative from year to year, he said.

If no one is home to receive a warning, the water enforcement official hangs

the warning on the door, he said.

Lynn Spofford of 1218 Whitewing Ave. said her mother, Willie Spofford, had

received a citation and fined $244.25 May 25 without receiving a warning.

She (the water enforcement official) did not even give a warning, Spofford

said. She just went ahead and fined us.

A city official, David Flores, Jr., provided The Monitor photocopies of

warnings issued to Spoffords address. The unsigned warnings are dated Sept.

12, 1999, Feb. 14, 2000, and Nov. 15, 2000.

I have never been cited, Willie Spofford insisted. There has never been

anything hung in the door. Theyre just out to get me. Theyre just trying to

get themselves out of trouble.

Its not our goal to specifically fine people, Reid said. Were just trying

to make people aware of the continuing water shortage.

It (conservation) is critical to the whole city. If some one is not watering

at the appropriate time, it has an impact on the whole city.

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