Drought Regulations / Water Restrictions

Water Conservation
The amount of water a residence uses during the winter months determines what the sewer bill will be for the rest of the year. It's difficult for most people to get a feel for how much water they use and where they use it. Here is some helpful information:
  • Regular shower - 25 gallons
  • Full tub - 36 gallons
  • Toilet - 3-6 gallons
  • Washing machine - 30-60 gallons

Drought Contingency Regulations

When total water usage greatly exceeds supply and storage levels, the City will institute one of four regulation phases, as outlined in the City's Water Conservation/Drought Contingency Plan.

When neither of the four regulation phases are in effect, the City is in a normal supply phase and no special action or restrictions are required. The City, nonetheless, will continue to monitor water demand in terms of actual consumption by universal metering, meter repair and replacement and future cumulative commitments.

Phase I: Seasonal Conservation
  • Outside landscape and lawn watering is prohibited during 10:00 am and 6:00 pm from May 1 to September 30 of each year.
  • Hand watering of shrubbery, however, is allowed at any hour.
  • To reduce the impact of peak daytime water usage during the summer months.

Phase II: Water Management
  • All landscape and other outside water use is prohibited on Monday and Friday to allow system recovery.
  • Hand watering of landscapes is permitted only from 6:00 pm to 10:00 am.
  • Any use of water resulting in runoff (i.e hosing off pavement or vehicles) or obvious waste is prohibited.
  • This phase is implemented in the event of a sustained, but short-term period of water system supply degradation or excessive demand and periods of drought.

Phase III: Water Management Alert
  • All landscape and other outside watering use is prohibited on Monday and Friday to allow system recovery.
  • Hand watering of landscapes is permitted only from 6:00 pm to 10:00 am, (other than Monday and Friday). Watering with a sprinkler is prohibited.
  • Any use of water resulting in runoff (i.e hosing off pavement or vehicles) or obvious waste is prohibited.
  • This phase is implemented in the event of a sustained period of water system supply degradation or excessive demand, and periods of severe drought.

Phase IV: Water Management Emergency

  • Water use other than domestic use within the home is prohibited and all landscape and other outside water use is prohibited.
  • This final and most restrictive phase may be implemented during prolonged supply deficits or extreme drought as well as periods of severe supply degradation or excessive demand.

Note: Groundwater well owners and residents that draw water from the lake are required to post a sign showing well water or lake water is in use in an area visible from the street.