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As the drought in the West wears on, cities are grappling with how to deal with car washing. In Lubbock, Texas, the town has put its “Stage 2” water restrictions into effect, curtailing things like landscape irrigation and the use of water in fountains.

On April 8, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that washing vehicles at home was also being outlawed. “No non-essential water use to include washing vehicles at residences and no spraying down hard surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks and buildings,” the paper reported. Professional car wash facilities, however, were still allowed.

(It seems more people are getting the message that most car wash businesses use reclaimed water and less water generally than people use when washing at home.)

But on Thursday, the paper updated their story. It seems a reader contacted the newspaper and questioned whether the city ordinance actually banned home car washing.

“Aubrey Spear, the director of the city’s water resources, and I have had several conversations about this,” the reporter wrote in a blog post. “And every time, Spear has asserted car washing was prohibited. … Until today.” Spear told the reporter: “We actually need to clarify this. We cannot tell people not to wash their cars at their house, but to significantly limit or refrain from doing so.”

Has your town enacted bans on car washing? What was your experience? Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at carwashblog@gmail.com.