City officials at wait and see in water emergency

Although the critical water restrictions placed on Portales residents were not lifted by Thursday morning as city officials anticpated they would be, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said officials are hopeful the restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day.

“Typically, we can get a better feel for where water is at after 10 a.m. because that’s when water usage slows down due to the outdoor restrictions,” Howell said.

The critical conditions temporarily prohibit any outdoor water use.

Howell said they do not have an exact time frame for when critical restrictions will be lifted but residents will be informed. The restrictions of odd-even outdoor watering will still be in place after the critical alert is over.