BASTROP -- Mandatory water restrictions are in place in Bastrop, where water use is reaching a critical level.
It's forced the city to place restrictions on how residents can use water.
Starting last Wednesday, homeowners and businesses can now only water twice a week depending on what number their address ends on.
CIty Hall receptionists took many calls from concerned residents late last week; many wondering which day was their day to water their lawns.
Just days ago, residents and businesses used a combined total of 2-million gallons on one of the hottest days of the year so far. The use was high enough to alarm the Bastrop City Manager.
The community is a little sensitive when it comes to water issues after devastating wildfire almost 2-years ago."We want to make sure we safeguard our water system," says City Manager Michael Talbot. "We strongly realize the importance of a good, sustainable supply of water. When you had an event like we did back in 2011, yes that's very much on people's minds."
The city of Bastrop is giving citizens a grace period of a week before they start writing tickets.