City implements Stage 2 of Drought Contingency Plan

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Water. It’s something we all need – every day. It’s also a precious commodity in which there is not an infinite supply. This week marked the first day of Spring, and as temperatures warm, the use of irrigation tends to greatly increase. However, the City of Canyon wants to urge citizens to think carefully before setting sprinkler systems. Not only is it encouraged, but it’s now a law in place for the time being.

The City of Canyon recently implemented Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency plan, which is now in effect. While the City’s water usage remains manageable, drought is expected to be a factor for quite some time. Another factor to implementing that plan is that the east water tower is temporarily out of service for rehabilitation/re-coating.

Residents and businesses will be impacted by the plan in changing watering habits. The City will be requiring customers to comply with odd and even watering days. Watering days will be limited to three days per week for all customers, whether residential or commercial. Odd watering days will apply to street addresses, box numbers or rural postal route numbers ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9. Odd day watering will only be allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Even watering days will apply to street addresses, box numbers, or rural postal route numbers ending in 0,2,4,6 or 8. Even day watering will only be allowed on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays each week. Watering will only be allowed during the hours of 8 p.m. until midnight or midnight to 10 a.m. on the designated days. No sprinkler irrigation will be allowed on Mondays. Hand watering will be allowed for one hour per day, any day of the week. Use of hose-end sprinklers will be treated the same as automatic sprinkler systems.

Randy Criswell, City Manager, explains the reasons for the implemenation of the Drought Contingency Plan and how will impact those in Canyon.

 

The press release with full, detailed information is below.

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Drought Contingency Plan Implementation – Stage 2

Due to the record dry weather we’ve experienced and the indication by the U. S. Drought Monitor of extreme drought conditions in the panhandle region, the City of Canyon will be implementing Stage 2 of the City’s drought contingency plan, effective immediately. Stage 1 of the Plan was implemented in 2011 and has not been rescinded.  Currently, our water usage remains manageable but, with warmer weather approaching and the long-range outlooks for temperature and precipitation indicating continuing drought conditions, the decision has been made to implement Stage 2.  There are two primary reasons for this:  One is the fact that our east elevated tank (water tower) is temporarily out of service for rehabilitation/re-coating, and two is a fact that we are in yet another historic drought.

Stage 2 sets a total consumption reduction goal of ten percent (10%). Therefore, the City will be requiring customers to comply with odd / even watering days as contained in the Plan. Watering days will be limited to three (3) days per week for all customers, whether residential or commercial. ODD watering days will apply to street addresses, box numbers, or rural postal route numbers ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9. ODD day watering will only be allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. EVEN watering days will apply to street addresses, box numbers, or rural postal route numbers ending in 0,2,4,6 or 8. EVEN day watering will only be allowed on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays each week. Watering will only be allowed during the hours of 8:00 pm until 12:00 midnight or 12:00 midnight to 10:00 am on the designated days. No sprinkler irrigation will be allowed on Mondays. Hand watering will be allowed for one hour per day, any day of the week. Use of hose-end sprinklers will be treated the same as automatic sprinkler systems.

Warnings will be issued for the initial violation of the Plan. Subsequent and repeated violations of the Plan will be treated as a violation of City Ordinances and could carry a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).  Each day that one or more of the provisions in this Plan is violated shall constitute a separate offense.  If a person is convicted of three or more distinct violations of this Plan, the City shall, upon due notice to the customer, be authorized to discontinue water service to the premises where such violations occur.  Services discontinued under such circumstances shall be restored only upon payment of a reconnection charge and any other costs incurred by the City of Canyon in discontinuing service.  In addition, suitable assurance must be given to the City that the same action shall not be repeated while the Plan is in effect.

All City police, code enforcement, and public works employees have been encouraged to monitor the situation and have been designated by the City Manager to issue warnings and/or citations according to the plan.

The entire Plan can be seen in the Code of Ordinances, Title V, Chapter 52, at:

http://z2.franklinlegal.net/franklin/Z2Browser2.html?showset=canyonset

The City thanks its residents and customers for their cooperation and attention to this matter.  If further information is needed, contact the Public Works Department, at 806-655-5011.

 

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