Raleigh customers get more days to water

May 20, 2008 5:59:00 PM PDT
The Raleigh City Council today rewarded water users for continuing to conserve water even with a full Falls Lake by allowing an additional day of outdoor watering.

Customers on the Raleigh water system -- which also includes several other Wake County towns -- will now be allowed to water their lawns with sprinklers and irrigation systems two days a week.

The new watering rules are an ammendment to Stage One restrictions.

Stage One restrictions used to provide for irrigation one day per week. Odd property addresses are permitted on Tuesdays and even property addresses on Wednesdays.

Now, those who water on Tuesdays will also be allowed to water on Saturdays. And those who water on Wednesday will also be allowed to water on Sundays.

Irrigation on those days by automatic irrigation systems will only be permitted from midnight to 10:00 a.m. Those who use Raleigh-supplied water in garden hose attached lawn irrigation sprinklers may irrigate only from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and also between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the Stage One assigned days for their property.

City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department water customers may water two days per week on the odd/even system when physically holding a garden hose in their hand from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Odd addresses may hand water on Tuesdays and Saturdays and even properties on Wednesday and Sundays.

Customeers may hand water with hoses all day any day.

The Stage One mandatory water-use restrictions also limits use of City of Raleigh supplied water for other residential uses such as washing vehicles at home (Saturday and Sundays only), power washing driveways, sidewalks, homes (Saturdays and Sundays only) and filling swimming and decorative pools.

The Stage One mandatory water use restrictions apply to all City of Raleigh water customers, including those in nearby towns that have merged their water and sewer systems with Raleigh and therefore also receive water from Raleigh. Those towns are Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.

The first violation of the Stage One mandatory water restrictions is a $200 fine, and a second violation would result in a $1,000 civil penalty. A third violation would result in interruption of the customer's water service from the City.


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