Jul 8, 2011 10:45 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
MANY, La. (AP) - The mayor of Many is calling for voluntary water conservation in his west Louisiana town and he's seeking a parish-wide emergency declaration from Sabine Parish officials.
Mayor Ken Freeman says the drought-starved Toledo Bend Reservoir is the reason. Freeman tells The Times of Shreveport that the drought has led officials to shut down pumps that push water from the reservoir into the town of Many's water distribution system. That is forcing a total reliance upon water wells.
And that means less water will be available to slightly less than half of Sabine Parish's water customers.
The town's aldermen met in emergency session Thursday to put a temporary ordinance in place to eventually allow for fines and punishment of violators if more severe water restrictions are enacted.