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City Urging Water Conservation as Record Temperatures Return

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - This week's hot days are just a reminder of the drought we've gone through these past couple of years, and it looks like we could be heading back down that road.

Combined with a third day of record heat Tuesday, and this year's lack of rainfall, it could mean that water restrictions could hit by the time summer begins.

"Currently, today, our combined lakes are at about 45-percent," said Gus Gonzalez, the of the city water department.

Choke Canyon and Lake Corpus Christi account for that 45-percent. Gonzalez said we have a surplus right now because Lake Texana is at 80-percent capacity, and we get a third of this area's water from that lake -- but that won't last forever.

"Within about 30 days, we'll probably be within Stage 2 water restrictions, where we go to watering once every couple of weeks," Gonzalez said.

The water department says the average family of four uses 5,000-7,000 gallons of water a month. That costs about $35. Gonzalez said you can cut that by a lot.

"For a family of three or four, it's easy enough to get down to 2,000-3,000 gallons a month," Gonzalez said.

So conserving now may save you and the City in the future.