Effective immediately, Arkansas City is implementing Stage 1 of its Water Conservation Plan, which will stay in effect indefinitely. Everyone is asked to curtail outdoor water use and to make efficient use of indoor water, such as by washing full loads of laundry, taking short showers, not letting faucets run endlessly. On Sunday, ARkansas City observed a notable drop in water reserves in its Bryant Road standpipe due to a combination of a fire being battled and a substantial break in a 20-inch water main near the old high-service pump station.