The City of Brownwood issued the following press release Thursday:

Warmer weather and residents watering schedule has caused water usage to increase. Lake Brownwood is currently at a level of about 2 feet lower than at this time last year. Weather predictions are for a warm, dry, windy spring.

A requirement to Stage 3 is outside watering is one day per week. Schedule and unchanged requirements are listed below.

Should lake levels continue to drop, Stage 4 will be adopted, and outside watering will be banned.

Penalties for violating Stage 3 requirements include two warnings, by door hanger or house call, followed by fines and could ultimately lead to water turned off with a reconnection fee.

The City of Brownwood appreciates the citizensí support and cooperation in preserving our resources. By using water wisely, we can conserve water and maintain a normal lifestyle.

For free information on ways to conserve water is available at the City of Brownwood City Hall public information center. Information is also available online at http://www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/.