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Russell Water Restrictions Ease from Stage IV to Stage III

Russell City Council 5-6-14Effective July 10 upon publication in the newspaper, the City of Russell, for the first time since October of 2012, will be under Stage III water restrictions, as the Russell City Council approved an easing of restrictions at a special meeting Tuesday.

Currently, the city remains in an Emergency Stage IV, but on July 10, a Critical Stage III will be put into effect until further notice.

According to City Manager Jon Quinday, basically the only change will be to outdoor watering of gardens, lawns, trees, shrubs and other plants.

Under Stage III, Russell residents will be allowed to water those aforementioned plants one day per week, which will be your trash pickup day, only before 10 AM and after 9 PM.

Special Water Use Permits will still be sold and they will be the only way you can wash your car or house, or fill your pool.

Waste of water, such as letting it run down a gutter or ditch, will also still be prohibited.

Councilman GJ Long thanks Russell citizens for their conservation efforts, but says the drought still isn't over quite yet.

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Quinday said Big Creek is still flowing and should for at least another three weeks if the area doesn't receive any more rain soon.

The Pfeifer well levels are all up anywhere from four to nine feet since November of 2012 according to Councilman Chuck Bean.

Also Tuesday at the special meeting, Councilmembers decided to take no action to ban the private sale and discharge of fireworks, meaning folks can possess fireworks from now until July 4 at midnight and shoot them off only on July 4 from 8 AM to midnight.

Also, the Freedom Fest public fireworks display was approved unanimously.

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