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Russell City Council Approves Water Usage Targets for Industries

Quinday City CouncilThe Russell City Council on Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting approved a water usage regulation for local industries that should clear up some confusion.

Under the current Stage IV Water Emergency restrictions in Russell, all local industries must reduce their water usage by 25 percent. Until Tuesday's meeting, the percentage reduction for the current year was based on the previous three years of consumption - in this case, 2010, 2011 and 2012. However, as City Attorney Ken Cole explains, the new regulation adopted by the City Council will base that average on a set three years of 2009, 2010 and 2011 instead of including the year 2012, because it was a water restricted year and would have essentially skewed the average use and made industries reduce an additional 25 percent.

"In my mind, this carries out the spirit of the resolution you (the Council) passed," Cole said. "It takes what I believe to be a reasonable basis of determining those usages, which is a three year average, and it maintains that average."

Also approved at Tuesday's meeting were cereal malt beverage event applications for the upcoming Freedom Fest celebration in July and the possibility of not opening the city pool this summer due to the drought was also discussed with no action begin taken on that item.

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