The Hays City Commission has taken steps to increase water conservation for residents and businesses.
Hays commissioners unanimously approved resolutions last week to make plumbing more efficient in future construction and remodels.
The resolutions also update the municipal water conservation plan, and drought response plan, and revise irrigation regulations.
Commercial properties building new irrigation systems have to xeriscape 30 percent of their land; it's landscaping that uses vegetation that requires little water.
New business customers using permanent irrigation systems will also need to install irrigation meters.