City Asking – Before Requiring – Residents To Conserve Water
From 9 a.m. Sunday morning to 9 a.m. Monday morning June 28 and 29 West U. residents used 4,700,000 gallons of water – 200 percent of the daily average water usage in May. As part of the city’s state-mandated water conservation plan, residents have been asked to help control water usage during this summer’s heat and drought conditions.
“This is more about being a good steward of our natural resources,” said Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager Chris Peifer. “We are just out there to help control waste.”
Residents are asked to water their lawns at night or before 5 a.m. to reduce waste. According to Peifer, much of the water that is used during the heat of the day is lost to evaporation. Residents are also asked to encourage shorter showers and run only full loads in dishwashers and washing machines.
Should the drought and heat, along with increasingly high water usage, continue, the city could have to implement stage three of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, which includes mandatory water use restrictions. Stage three allows for daily watering, but only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Several other restrictions are included, such as prohibiting the use of water in ornamental fountains and prohibiting car washing at certain hours, as well as requiring the use of a bucket and/or a hose with a shut-off nozzle.