Water Restrictions Anticipated Soon

With the heat continuing to rise, and the water use not anticipated to drop anytime soon, Bruceville-Eddy Water Company is considering water restrictions. If approved at the regular council meeting on July 12th, Stage 1 will be put into place for the entire system whenever Stage 1 is triggered by definition. The attached shows requirements for Stage 1 to be called and also requirements to terminate. This is a Voluntary Restriction Stage, but will change if conditions worsen and use continues to rise dramatically over any three day consecutive period. Please remember to “Turn off all Faucets. Every Drop Counts.” Set all water timers to every other evening/night watering. Fix leaky taps, toilets, and hose bibs. Do not let water run unattended, nor allow sprinklers to run into sidewalk and driveway areas. If your water is flowing through the ditches or gutters, you need to turn it off!  Thank  you for your voluntary cooperation.

Drought Contingency Plan (Ordinance No. 2005-4-14)

(1)     Stage 1 triggers – Mild water shortage conditions.

(A)     Requirements for initiation. Customers shall be requested to voluntarily conserve water and adhere to the prescribed restrictions on certain water uses, defined in section 13.05.006 (definitions) when demand exceeds 25,567,920 gallons or 76% of water system capacity for three (3) consecutive days.

(B)     Requirements for termination. Stage 1 of the plan may be rescinded when all of the conditions listed as triggering events have ceased to exist for a period of 2 consecutive days.

Sec. 13.05.006     Definitions

For the purposes of this plan, the following definitions shall apply:

Aesthetic water use. Water use for ornamental or decorative purposes such as fountains, reflecting pools, and water gardens.

Commercial and institutional water use. Water use which is integral to the operations of commercial and nonprofit establishments and governmental entities such as retail establishments, hotels and motels, restaurants, and office buildings.

Conservation. Those practices, techniques, and technologies that reduce the consumption of water, reduce the loss or waste of water, improve the efficiency in the use of water or increase the recycling and reuse of water so that a supply is conserved and made available for future or alternative uses.

Customer. Any person, company, or organization using water supplied by the city water supplier.

Domestic water use. Water use for personal needs or for household or sanitary purposes such as drinking, bathing, heating, cooking, sanitation, or for cleaning a residence, business, industry, or institution.

Industrial water use. The use of water in processes designed to convert materials of lower value into forms having greater usability and value.

Landscape irrigation use. Water used for the irrigation and maintenance of landscaped areas, whether publicly or privately owned, including residential and commercial lawns, gardens, golf courses, parks, and rights-of-way and medians.

Non-essential water use. Water uses that are not essential nor required for the protection of public, health, safety, and welfare, including:

(1)     Irrigation of landscape areas, including parks, athletic fields, and golf courses, except as otherwise provided under this plan;

(2)     Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle;

(3)     Use of water [to wash] down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;

(4)     Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;

(5)     Flushing gutters, or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street;

(6)     Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools or Jacuzzi-type pools;

(7)     Use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purpose except where necessary to support aquatic life;

(8)     Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s); and

(9)     Use of water from hydrants for construction purposes or any other purposes other than firefighting.