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Corpus Christi Enforces Tougher Drought Restrictions

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    A South Texas city still struggling with drought has started enforcing tougher water-use restrictions.

    Corpus Christi began enforcement Monday of Stage 2 conservation for all city water customers.

    Sprinkler irrigation is limited to one day per week -- the same day as trash pickup. Violators will first receive a notice, and then can face fines of up to $500 per incident. Swimming pools can only be filled on a resident's designated watering day.

    Corpus Christi's Stage 1 drought contingency applies when the city's combined water storage sites drop below 50 percent capacity.

    Stage 2 kicks in when the combined levels of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir slip below 40 percent. The Nueces River Authority reports the combined capacity Sunday was 38 percent.