Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Residents are encouraged to protect and conserve water at all times.  In March 2013, the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 13, Article 13.06 “Water Conservation Plan” was amended and adopted. Since 1998, the city experienced dramatic swings in municipal use in gallons per capita per day (GCPD). The city’s target goal is to reach an average of 160 GCPD by 2060 to correspond with the state’s water plan for future supplies. View the History of the City's GCPD.

City Code, Chapter 13, Section 13.06.004, includes information on landscape design and installation requirements as well as the landscape watering management rules. Water management rules for outside irrigation are in effect year-round. Watering is limited to once a week by ordinance. Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers, soaker hoses, or automatic irrigation systems is banned between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. year-round. Hand watering with a hose equipped with a positive cut-off device, a faucet-filled 5 gallon bucket or watering can is permitted at any time.  During droughts, the City Council may take action to restrict the above noted watering limitations.

To aid in water conservation:

  • Recheck your irrigation timers periodically to ensure they are showing correct time periods, especially if you have experienced a power outage.
  • Reduce excessive landscape watering
  • Repair any leaks and runny faucets
  • Use water recycling ornamental fountains
  • Prevent any water waste from water runoff into the streets, alleys, gutters, ditches, rights-of-ways, and storm drainage systems.

Water Conservation Plan Variance Application - Residents requesting an exemption from the provisions of the Water Conservation Plan ordinance shall request a variance to the City Council.

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Questions? Please call the City's Environmental program Manager at (210) 698-0900.