To help conserve water in the City and reduce peak demand during the summer months, watering restrictions for irrigation and outdoor water use have been approved by City Council in a 7 (yes) to 0 (no) vote (with one absence - Mayor Gregory Mills) at the June 7 City Council meeting. The irrigation season applies from May 1 to September 30, and limits outdoor watering to three days per week. For odd-numbered addresses, irrigation is designated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays of each week. For even-numbered addresses, irrigation is designated on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays of each week.
As part of the restrictions, irrigation is prohibited for all customer classes between the hours of 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. during the irrigation season. This includes commercial, industrial and residential. In addition, sod installation is prohibited from June 1 - September 30 for areas exceeding 200 square feet. Patching existing lawn is permitted.
For customers found in violation of the restrictions, a four-strike system will apply. A warning will follow a first and second offense. Customers found in violation for a third time will be fined $22.50. A fourth offense will result in a written citation and mandatory court appearance, with a minimum $50 fine and court fees.
The watering restrictions are meant to help conserve water and help the City achieve its goal of a 20-percent reduction in water demand over the irrigation season. The restrictions also have many other benefits, including allowing for scheduled usage, reserving water supply for emergency situations, creating less strain on the system and reduced risk of system pressure loss due to high demand.
If you have questions, please contact the Utilities Department at 303-655-2243.