Water shortage reaches critical stage in Kemp



Posted on August 6, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 6 at 10:22 PM

Kemp, Texas

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KEMP, Texas — The water shortage in this Kaufman County town of about 1,200 people has reached a critical new level.

Mayor Donald Kile issued a Stage 5 Drought Notice, which implements a series of restrictions aimed at saving the municipal water supply. Until further notice, residents and are prohibited from:

  • watering lawns and landscaping
  • washing cars, trucks, boats and trailers
  • filling or adding water to swimming pools, wading pools or hot tubs
  • serving unrequested water to restaurant patrons

Violators can face fines between $100 and $500 each day, with water service cut off to repeat offenders.

Kemp is located about 40 miles southeast of Dallas.