::Citywide Water Restrictions In Effect
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Friday, July 6, 2007
RALEIGH - Citywide water restrictions are now in effect for Raleigh and they will apply to city water users year-round. The rules also affect surrounding towns that purchase their water from the City of Raleigh.
The new rules, which went into effect on July 2nd, require sprinkler watering of lawns to be done on an alternating day basis, depending on if your street address is odd or even.
However, hand-watering, where a person holds the hose personally, is still allowed any day of the week.
Listed below are some questions and answers from the city about the new rules:
When do the new year-round lawn irrigation water conservation measures take effect?
Monday, July 2, 2007
Who will be impacted by the new mandatory rules?
The new measures will apply to all City of Raleigh water customers, including those in nearby towns that have merged their water and sewer systems with Raleigh and now receive water from the Capital City. Those towns are Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.
Which lawn irrigation systems are covered by the new year-round lawn irrigation water conservation rules?
Specifically, the guidelines will apply to the use of automatic and non-automatic irrigation systems and hose-attached sprinklers.
Beginning July 2, City of Raleigh water customers will be allowed to use these types of lawn irrigation systems only three days a week to water lawns and outdoor plants.
Water customers who have odd-numbered addresses may water anytime on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Even-numbered addresses may water anytime on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Lawn irrigation using automatic or non-automatic irrigation systems or hose-attached sprinklers will not be allowed on Monday starting July 2.
What if I use a hand-held water hose to irrigation my lawn and outdoor plants?
City of Raleigh water customers who use hand-held hoses will be exempt from the mandatory year-round rules and may water lawns and outdoor plants at anytime. However, to remain in compliance, the hose must be held throughout the watering sessions.
What are the penalties for violating the year-round lawn irrigation water conservation rules?
A written notice will be issued for a first violation of the mandatory measures that is observed by a staff member of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department.
A second violation will be a $50 fine, and a third violation will result in a $200 civil penalty. A fourth violation will be interruption of the customer's water service. Service will be reinstated at the discretion of the Public Utilities director.
Why is the City of Raleigh implementing these mandatory year-round lawn irrigation rules?
The new rules were among the recommendations made by the City's Water Conservation Task Force in a comprehensive report to the City Council in the summer of 2006.
New water supply sources are very expensive and very difficult to develop. The City is implementing the new water conservation rules to extend the capacity of the City's current and future water supply sources, especially in times of severe drought.
Several North Carolina municipalities already have similar restrictions, including Cary, Greensboro and Fayetteville, although not all of them are year-round like those now in force in Raleigh.
What happens if the water situation gets worse? What more restrictive water use rules will go into effect?
In addition to year-round lawn irrigation water conservation measures, the City Council also approved tougher Stage 1 and Stage 2 mandatory conservation rules that would be implemented in times of severe drought.
Under Stage 1 rules, watering with automatic or non-automatic spray irrigation systems or with hose-end sprinklers would be restricted to one day per week --- Tuesday for residents with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesday for even-numbered addresses. Also, residents would be restricted to washing their vehicles only on Saturday and Sunday.
With the new Stage 2 rules, all types of outdoor watering would be prohibited. Vehicles could be washed only at car wash facilities that are certified by the City for water conservation practices.
The City could initiate Stage 1 mandatory water conservation rules when the water capacity at Falls Lake, Raleigh's primary water source, is at 70 percent or less. Stage 2 rules could start if capacity is at 50 percent or lower. ::