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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Update to Water Drought Contingency Plan

Water Drought Contingency Plan

We want to remind everyone that we are currently in Phase 2 of our Drought Contingency Plan.  Phase 2 Response is Voluntary - Next Phase moves to Mandatory

Phase 2 of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan asks customers to make “voluntary” efforts to reduce water usage. One of the reasons for a Drought Contingency Plan is to ensure the city is able to maintain adequate water levels in order to provide necessary services. We implemented Phase 2 over two weeks ago, but we are not seeing a reduction in usage. In fact, the most recent billing cycle showed an increase in water usage on many of our customers’ accounts which not only hinders efforts of conserving but also makes for a higher than average water bill for our customers.

Below is a brief look at what happens if we have to implement Phase 3 of the Drought Contingency Plan.

Water Restrictions Mandatory and includes a Penalty for Violation

  • Suggested watering days for specific addresses and times to water will all become MANDATORY.
    • Customers with a street address ending in an even number will ONLY be ALLOWED to water on Sundays and Thursdays.
    • Customers with a street address ending in an odd number will ONLY be ALLOWED to water on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
    • Watering times will ONLY be ALLOWED between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight).
  • Watering of landscaped areas will continue to be allowed BUT must be done by either a handheld hose, a faucet-filled bucket or watering can of five (5) gallons or less, or a drip irrigation system.
  • Use of water to wash motor vehicles (including motorcycles, boats, trailers, airplanes, or other vehicles) will ONLY be ALLOWED during the customer's assigned watering days and allowable hours (mentioned above) and must be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing will still be allowed at commercial car washes or commercial service stations. There is an exemption for vehicles that require washing to keep the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Filling, refilling, or adding of water to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, wading pool, or Jacuzzi-type pool will only be allowed during the customers designated water days and the designated times (mentioned above).
  • Only fountains or ponds used to support aquatic life or equipped with a recirculating water system will be allowed to operate.
  • Use of water hydrants will be limited to fire-fighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare. The use of fire hydrants for construction purposes will require a special permit issued by the City.
  • All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron.

The following non-essential uses of water will be PROHIBITED:

  • Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;
  • Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;
  • Use of water for dust control;
  • Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street; and
  • Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s)

Fortunately, we have been able to stay voluntary. However, the future does not look promising with weather conditions forecasted to continue being hot and dry. Now is your chance to take part in these water-reducing efforts! 

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