City water users still in "Stage 4"

By Matt Ward— As the temperature rises for the summer months, Annette Loth’s job gets tougher.

Despite the City of Fredericksburg’s Stage 4 water restrictions being in place for nearly two full years, the city’s lone code enforcement officer said that many residents still do not know what restrictions are in place.

“Things are not good (with residents following water restrictions) and it’s basically because they thought there weren’t any Stage 4 water restrictions,” Loth said. “We haven’t gone out of it.”

Stage 4 restrictions were implemented July 7, 2011 and have yet to be lifted by the city.

“I’m doing mostly notice of violations, rather than issuing citations to residents,” Loth said. “Code enforcement is more compliance than anything else. (Violators) ask me, ‘Who called me in?’ Nobody called them in. It’s part of my job. I drive all over the city.”

“I hate to have to take people to court, but if they have three or more violations, it’s automatic that they have to be taken to court,” she added. “The majority of these people, after one notice, are pretty good (about following Stage 4 restrictions).”

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