The city is pushing a new water conservation campaign that asks citizens to be mindful of their water use. Public Works Director John DeSha said voluntary measures can make a difference by increasing the life of the city’s well field.
According to DeSha, the city can use up to 4.2 million gallons of water a day. Though that number is on the high-end, DeSha said any conservation efforts are important given the area’s lack of resources.
DeSha said the goal of the campaign is to reduce the consumption of water to make the city viable for the next few decades.
The largest portion of the city campaign is the voluntary watering schedule, which designates which days residents water their lawns.
The watering schedule is as follows:
• People who live at odd-number addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings
•People who live at even-number addresses: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings
•No watering on Monday or between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
In addition to the watering schedule, here are a few water conservation tips city officials recommend:
•Check for leaking faucets and leaking toilets.
•Wash full loads of clothes and dishes.
•Choose showers over bathing. Baths use more water.
•Try not to water lawns when it’s windy.
Here’s what the city’s doing:
•Sending water conservation tips and messages on monthly water bills.
•Giving water conservation kits to new water customers. The kits include low-flow shower heads and “toilet tummies,” which will reduce the amount of water per flush.
•Implementing a new meter system to better track water use.
•Training employees, even those not with the Water Department, to spot water leaks.
— Compiled by senior writer Christina Calloway