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Article Published 08/12/2022

Water Measures

Updated August 12, 2022. Once again, our citizens have proven us right. While some communities imposed mandatory watering restrictions, we were confident that well-informed citizens, with a spirit and sense of community, would respond to voluntary water conservation requests. How well have we done? When looking at the projected demand for water (which is based on an evapotranspiration* formula) we have conserved over 722 million gallons of water as of July 31, 2022. How have we done this? Here are some of the responses we've had:

"I'm surprised on how well my lawn does on two waterings a week instead of every other day, like I used to do."

"I've paid more attention to the weather - no watering when windy, and using the rain delay feature on my system. I didn't water for a week after one of our nice storms."

"Hand watering my garden has reduced my water use and results in fewer weeds - a double win."

"I used to have my teens do their own laundry on their time. Now we have a laundry day where they combine loads and rotate responsibilities. Not only do we use less water, but it's fun to see them work it out together."

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In the meantime, we are maintaining the same guidelines:

Whether you water with secondary or culinary, these directions are aimed to be the same. Currently, we are requesting citizens to do the following:

  • Outdoor watering can be done twice a week. For lawns and gardens that means a one-time watering of 20 minutes per zone for pop-up or overhead sprinklers, 40 minutes per zone for rotor sprinklers, and 60 minutes per zone for drip systems, twice each week. For established trees and shrubs, this means hand watering one day a week.
  • No watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • No hosing down of driveways, patios, and sidewalks.
  • Reduce indoor water use by 10%.
  • All new landscaping must adhere to the current water restrictions.

For outdoor watering for unmetered secondary and culinary water users, your assigned days to water are by house address number as follows:

House # Ends InAssigned Day
0, 2, 5, or 7Monday, Thursday
1, 3, 8, or 9Tuesday, Friday
4 or 6Wednesday, Saturday

We ask that you continue to conserve inside the home as well. Again, thank you for demonstrating your spirit of community in conserving over 722 million gallons of water so far this summer! Continue these efforts will ensure we'll have water to drink in 2023.

You can find your water provider for outdoor watering by viewing the below maps:

And please pay attention to the weather, as you may be able to skip an outdoor watering. For additional information regarding how often to water, please visit these sites:

*Evapotranspiration is a combination of the words evaporation and transpiration, which is the movement of water into the atmosphere. The formula used to determine water demand is based on the weather conditions, and demand for water by plant life.

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