Thursday, June 9, 2011
"Critical condition." That's the status the city says its water levels are in, and now they are ordering one day a week water restrictions.
The new water restriction will go into affect Monday, June 13th.
The city is hoping the restrictions will conserve what water is left until rain comes.
Across the city, homeowners are using their own method of keeping their lawns green.
"It's a serious situation when the lake levels are so low and that we depend on them for our water supply system," says city spokesperson Chase Scott.
The rain deficit has affected all area communities, including our primary water supplies at Grassy Preserve Waters, Lake Mangonia and Clear Lake. The city says the water level at Clear Lake has dropped four feet.
Homeowner Larry Lester has been through a Florida drought before and says news of one day irrigation restriction isn't what he wants to hear.
"Once before when we were one day I almost lost it then and I managed because it didn't last for too long," he states.
But Lester says the water restrictions should depend on where your source of water comes from.
"People with wells, like myself, should have an exemption," says Lester.
Unfortunately though, they don't.
Customers with odd number residences may only water using irrigation systems on Wednesday's from 4:00 a.m to 8:00 a.m. Even number addresses, which include common areas and multi-family dwellings, may only use irrigation systems on Thursday's from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
If you are hand watering, you can do that on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for ten minutes only.
"We are all in this together so we're asking everyone to conserve due to the drought," says Scott.
The city says they will issue warnings to those breaking rules. They say if the conditions worsen, they will began to issue citations.