Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers says the city is under mandatory water conservation.
“We gotta have rain,” said a local resident. “That's all there is to it.”
Water levels are low at City Lake in Paris. “Watched it all summer go up and back down again,” said a local resident.
Locals say they have never seen the lake this dry. “We usually get out there and run a jugs, catch a big catfish all summer, but I haven't been able to get a boat in there,” said a local resident.
The city is under mandatory water conservation. People cannot water their plants or wash their cars. Rogers says outside watering is prohibited.
“Our commercial industries are not supposed to use any water unless it's essential to their business,” said Rogers.
Rogers say the lake where the city gets its water supply is between six and seven feet low. “Our lake is at a level that we haven't seen it at,” he said.
According to the United State Drought Monitor about 24-percent of the state is still in extreme drought. That number is down from about 42-percent three months ago.
“If we don’t get rain over the spring it could really affect people's everyday lives,” said Rogers.
Rogers says a good hard rain would help. The city is working with engineers to come up with a permanent solution.
“People shouldn't panic at this point,” said Rogers. “We're working to utilize our lake past the 10 foot mark.”
People in Paris hope for a down pour. “I don't think it'll bring it up much unless it rains four or five days steady,” said a local resident.
Rogers say in 2014 their largest water user will start getting its water from a different city. He believes that will also help the water supply problem.