**UPDATE** Water Conservation lifted in Alexandria - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

**UPDATE** Water Conservation lifted in Alexandria

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UPDATE: Mayor Jacques Roy reported the water conservation order for the City of Alexandria is now lifted. 

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- The City of Alexandria is currently under a conserve water order following a blowout on Saturday. Director of Utilities, Mike Marcotte, informed Mayor Jacques Roy of a substantial risk to the sufficiency of the City’s water supply resulting from a well blowout involving a 42” transmission main line near Woodworth.

Mayor Roy conversed with Council President, Charles “Chuck” Fowler, at 10:50 a.m., and the City has authorized Mr. Marcotte and Alexandria Police Chief Loren Lampert to enforce a conservation order. Based on historical use, the Mayor has declared a state of emergency affecting public health.

This act authorizes the Chief of Police to consider the circumstances and empowers the Alexandria Police and other city personnel, now under the control of the Police Chief, to close nonessential business— particularly those that use significant water. Citizens need to comply by shutting off sprinkler systems and conserving use at home. 

Be Advised: The City of Alexandria authorizes Chief Loren Lampert to enforce water conservation as he deems necessary commencing 11:30 a.m., June 28, 2014, and continuing until 4:30 p.m., June 30, 2014, unless otherwise modified or lifted, by order of the Mayor of Alexandria and City Council President, who, by this order declare a state of emergency. 

The Chief of Police is requested to make an investigation of this act and use his statutory authority in consultation with the Director of Utilities and other relevant stakeholders. By this order, those businesses and individuals using significant amounts of water for purposes other than food preparation or other domestic purposes related to life, safety, health and sanitation, are directed to conserve such use and may be subject to cessation of use by the Chief of Police or other Alexandria City officials. This includes businesses such as car washes and laundry services. Furthermore, residents are asked to shut off landscape irrigation systems and refrain from swimming pool maintenance or filling until the emergency has ended.
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