While the condition of the water levels at our Lake Bella wellfield has improved somewhat compared to 2013 and 2014, we're heading into the spring with well levels that remain significantly below average for this time of the year. The lack of significant recharge related to snowmelt and below average precipitation so far this spring has prompted the Water & Light Commission to once again impose additional restrictions on non-essential water use.
The Commission has adopted a staged approach to water use restrictions as follows:
Prohibits the use of water from the municipal system for the unattended irrigation of lawns and gardens. "Unattended irrigation" includes the use of automatic sprinkler systems or the use of hose placed sprinklers that are capable of delivering water without requiring a constant physical presence. Exceptions may be made for new turf establishment as required by a permit relating to construction activities.
Prohibits the use of water from the municipal system for all non-essential, non-commercial purposes including irrigation of any kind, recreational activities, and maintenance activities such as the washing of vehicles, siding, patios, decks, gutters, driveways, sidewalks, or any other non-essential use.
Expands Stage 2 restrictions to include commercial/business use.
At their April 20, 2015, meeting, the Water & Light Commission took action to impose Stage 1 restrictions effective immediately. Violating water use restrictions is a misdemeanor offense and is subject to fines.
Customers are strongly encouraged to continue with water conservation and reuse practices, such as the use of rain barrels and water collected by dehumidifiers, and to use water as wisely as possible. Your cooperation will hopefully help us avoid imposing additional restrictions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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