Monday, August 17, 2009

Watering Restrictions

There is often a lot on “how to” save water, but unless we all understand the importance of doing so we might not act.

I found the following article by means of Twitter this morning. “In response to declining levels in the two reservoirs that supply drinking water to 1.1 million people in Austin and Central Texas, the Lower Colorado River Authority is calling on its wholesale water customers to implement mandatory water use restrictions under their drought contingency plans”, noted cOnservitude via Twitter.

As drought drags on, city institutes stiffer watering restrictions
Fines for violations start at $400; officials say no more warnings will be issued.
By Asher Price
Saturday, August 15, 2009

Austin residents and businesses will be limited to watering their lawns with sprinklers once a week and will face fines that start at $400 for violations, according to new city drought measures that will start Aug. 24.
First-time violators will be issued fines, not warnings, as is currently the practice.
Among other measures announced Friday, restaurants will not be allowed to serve water unless a customer requests it, charity car washes are banned, and outdoor fountains are prohibited except to provide aeration for aquatic life.
The restriction that will have the widest reach is the additional limits on outdoor watering. Under the rules, known as Stage II restrictions:

• Homes with odd-numbered addresses water on Saturdays.
• Even-numbered homes water on Sundays.
• Odd-numbered businesses and multifamily buildings water on Tuesdays.
• Even-numbered businesses and multifamily buildings water on Fridays.
• Automatic sprinkler systems can run only between midnight and 10 a.m. on the designated day.
• Hose-end sprinklers and soaker hoses can run only before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
• Watering by hand is allowed any time on any day.
• Golf courses may water fairways only once a week and tees and greens every other day.

For the full article, read here

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