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Fire Ban & Water Restrictions Issued Until Further Notice

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The State of Tennessee has issued a Burn Ban until further notice. All open flames fires are prohibited, including cooking or roasting marshmallows, burning of brush or leaf piles, no ceremonial burning or camp fires, etc. This ban is due to the drought conditions and any fires will spread quickly. Please be mindful to correctly put out your cigarettes. The National Forestry Service is not issuing any fire permits until further notice. Please report any fires that you may see.


The City of Red Boiling Springs is starting mandatory water restrictions. Here is a list of restrictions:

-Imposing bans on lawn watering; water for ornamental or decorative purposes (fountains, reflecting pools); sidewalk and parking lot washing; domestic car/vehicle washing; and commercial car washes that do not recycle water.

-Encouraging farmers to conserve water use and providing free treated wastewater effluent to farmers for non-domestic use. (Farmers must provide the transportation and tankage.)

-Limiting supply to industrial users, and frequently communicating with industrial users what amount of water they could reasonably expect.

-Utilizing City Staff (police and water/wastewater system staff) to begin monitoring, compliance and enforcement activities (using fines and disconnections.)

-Instituting a 15 percent surcharge in water rates that would take effect for water uses above 4,000 gallons per service connection per month. The cost of compliance activities would be partially funded by fines, reconnection fees, and the increase in water rates.