Williams restricts water usage amid 'crisis'

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Residents of the northern Arizona city of Williams are living under tight restrictions in the wake of what the city is calling a troubling water crisis.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports city officials last week declared level 4 restrictions, the highest level.

People have been prohibited since Feb. 25 from watering outside and even washing their cars. Public and private swimming pools must be filled with water hauled from elsewhere.

Anyone violating the restrictions could face a $100 fine, which would double for each subsequent violation.

City Manager Brandon Buchanan says residents need to curb even indoor usage.

Williams primarily uses surface water, which has been made difficult with the dry winter.

Buchanan says the city is looking at drilling new wells, but the process could take a year.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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