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High lake levels ease water restrictions

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The City of Tyler lifted the mandatory water restrictions Tuesday afternoon. Now the city says conserving water usage is totally voluntary. 

It's a much fuller sight from a Chopper 7 aerial view of the two main lakes that supply the city's water.

Just a few months ago, lake levels were extremely low. Now levels on Lake Palestine have reached the brim. Lake Tyler is now 85 percent full. 

"We felt that it was appropriate at this point in time to lift the mandatory restrictions, but keep the voluntary restrictions in place," said Greg Morgan, Tyler's water director.  

The voluntary conservation of water means residents in Tyler can go back to watering their lawns more often. 

Last week's torrential rains caused Lake Palestine to actually spill over. It's a good sign we all want to see; however, Morgan hopes it doesn't send the wrong message to residents.

"Our water is a very precious, natural resource and it's incumbent upon them to manage their water use, and use it a reasonable and responsible manner," said Morgan. 

When the drought hit East Texas the hardest, Lake Tyler Marina got creative. From an aerial view, you can see an extended pavement they built below the water so boaters could get on the lake.

Morgan hopes residents will remember those images of a dried up Lake Palestine and Tyler each time they use water.

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