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.