By Scott Harvey
Commerce – The City of Commerce has implemented Stage 1 of their Drought Contingency Plan, asking for a voluntary reduction in water use.
The "Mild Drought" stage is the first of three the city can enact, with Stage 2 a strong possibility if conditions don't improve within the next two weeks.
Commerce receives its water from Lake Tawakoni, which is currently 4.5 feet below normal level.
City administrators are encouraging residents to use only the amount of water you actually need and to check you faucets for any possible leaks. They say that just a slow drip can in some cases waste up to 20 gallons a day.
For more information, contact City Hall at 903-886-1100.