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The long, hot dry spell is putting a strain on the city’s available water supply. We have asked all citizens to please cooperate with us by eliminating all non-essential water use. This includes all watering of grass that is not new sod, running of sprinklers for grass or play, and car washing. We are working hard to rebuild our capacities and trying diligently to get the new booster station up and running. The current weather event is almost unprecedented at this time of the year.
The exceptions to this policy are new sod, vegetable gardens, and flower and vegetables in pots. We have turned off irrigation meters and backflow valves of irrigation systems plumbed into domestic supply. We cannot and will not turn off hose bibs or domestic supply. We are depending on your cooperation to control these uses.
The splash pad, which uses recycling water for the most part but also uses some new water, has been turned off so that we can set the right example. The car washes in town use primarily recycled water, and we recognize this is a business activity.
The city does not like to have to make these requests any more than you like hearing them, but we cannot solve the existing problems overnight. We know you are frustrated. Please bear with us as we work to bring the new booster station online. Additionally, we are working to secure more storage tank capacity to manage both growth and peak load demands. We are also working on long-term plans that will look far down the road and eliminate any worry about capacity.
Once we have returned to normal operations, please be good stewards of the environment and observe no watering on Fridays and alternate day of the week watering.