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At-home carwashing not restricted in stage 2 water rationing

May 30, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas — On Sunday, stage 2 water rationing will begin, but at-home style washing will still be permitted, according to

Initial reports, according to the article, stated that at-home style washing would be prohibited, but that has now been corrected by Aubrey Spear, Lubbock director of water resources. “We actually need to clarify ... we cannot tell people not to wash their cars at their house, but to significantly limit or refrain from doing so.”

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A reader wrote to the paper, and clarified stage 2 rationing: “The Ordinance in question (Section 22.08.079) has no language/wording allowing car washing only by commercial operations,” stated RK Miller.

The language in the ordinance is confusing, notes the article, which has caused for a need for clarification as recently as May 2012, during stage 2 rationing. “Going through the process to change the ordinance takes time,” Spear said.  “It needs to say either you can or you can’t.”

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The ordinances are reviewed every five years, and the article notes they are currently in year four; Spear did not specify if it would be changed during the next review.

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