HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) - People in one New Mexico town are being asked to conserve as much water as possible.
The city of Hobbs enacted emergency water restrictions late Wednesday night after road construction forced them to shut off one of the city's main water pumps.
Now they say it's up to residents to comply.
Green, lush grass fills many yards in Hobbs, but with the latest emergency water restrictions a flourishing yard could soon turn to brown.
Hobbs resident Andy Lozano says he's been watering his grass every other day for the last 30 years, but recently, he's seen his water pressure drop significantly.
"Something was wrong because I could tell the water pressure was low," Lozano said.
Now, he's being told to stop watering completely.
"Unfortunately, there's not a lot we can do," said Hobbs City Engineer Todd Randall. "It's just a matter of if water is available."
Hobbs city officials say they had no other choice but to issue emergency water restrictions and valves are to blame.
"Those valves and lines were actually installed in 1957 and 1962. They weren't operable anymore," Randall said.
He says it's because of a problem with water supply valves.
One of the valves was leaking and to fix the problem, they had to replace the valves and shut down one of the city's main water pumps; an ongoing process that's caused city water levels to deplete.
"At some point, we only had 8 feet of water in the towers itself," Randall said.
He says that's about a third of what the water tower normally holds and that's why the emergency water restrictions were issued.
"I think the general public would appreciate that kind of response rather than waking up in the morning and not having water if the improvements didn't go along properly," Randall said.
City officials are asking Hobbs residents to not water their gardens, lawns or anything else outside.
They say the restrictions could be lifted as early as Friday.
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