Stanford City Council continued to exempt commercial car washes from the town's mandatory water restrictions at a special meeting Thursday.
But that could change next Thursday when the council meets again to discuss the city's dwindling water supply in the midst of the worst drought in recent memory.
"I don't think we can do that," said Mayor Bill Miracle, referring to the car wash exemption. "We can't pick and choose. An ordinance is an ordinance."
But councilman Eddie Carter repeated what has become his mantra during the lead up to water restrictions: "I have a problem putting several businesses out of business," he said. "But I can't be objective. I've been in business here all my life. But I've got a problem right now in stopping the car washes."