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LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- The Las Vegas City Council has banned
outdoor water and enacted other, tougher rules in light of a
The north-central community has only two-thirds of its normal
water storage, and officials said a few inches of snow weren't nearly
enough to solve the problem.
In January, Las Vegas launched Stage 2 conservation measures
restricting how much outdoor watering they could do. Those rules also
prohibited washing cars at home or filling hot tubs and swimming
pools, and restricted car-washing businesses to four days a week.
This week's tougher Stage 3 measures restrict water use at motels,
restaurants, laundries, construction companies and car washes. For
example, the city is limiting construction companies to using city
water only two days a week.
Richard Trujillo, city utilities director, said that if the
drought gets worse, Las Vegas could stop all construction activity
that uses city water.
"If our storage is depleted, I'll go to the City Council for more
restrictions," he said.
City officials also have been talking with the Storrie Lake Water
Users Association about leasing water this year, Trujillo said.
Councilman Louie Trujillo suggested it's unfair for Las Vegas
residents to have to conserve when wells in surrounding rural areas
have no restrictions.
"We would like more cooperation from our neighbors," the
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