The city sent out notices about the aquifer levels and asked that lawns be watered and cars washed on an alternating schedule depending on address, but since no one could remember if Tuesdays were odd and Thursdays even and Saturdays for everyone, or if it was all exactly the opposite, people watered their lawns and washed their cars whenever they felt like it. The police couldn't be expected to enforce car washing municipal recommendations, and they never even tried. The last rainfall in our area was during the night, right before grandma's funeral, but we had always been a dusty type of town, and so no one really noticed at first. They had to cancel the Fourth of July fireworks, everything was too dry, and the police really did go around enforcing no-firecrackers no-bonfire rules, but there were still swimming pools and beer, so no one was too put out.
I'm working through a backlog of typing going back five months. It's been that type of spring. Progress is being made.