LACEY: Alternate watering will begin June 1

ckrotzer@theolympian.comMay 24, 2013 

Lacey water customers begin alternate watering schedules next month, a policy the City Council approved in 2006 to reduce the increased demand for water in the summer months.

The city’s water use grows to as much as 16 million gallons per day in the summer, compared with 5 million gallons per day in the winter months.

The alternate schedule begins June 1 and will continue through September.

“Overall demand has been reduced by at least 2 million gallons per day during the summer,” said Lacey water resource manager Peter Brooks in a news release.

Customers with addresses ending in odd numbers may water on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Addresses ending in even numbers can water Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fridays are nonwatering days for all customers.

Scheduled watering applies to grass, annual and perennial ornamental flower beds, vegetable gardens and any other landscaping regularly maintained outside of homes and commercial buildings. Water being used for pools, pressure washing, outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets and plants inside greenhouses are not restricted under the policy.

Those who do not follow the schedule will initially be warned, but repeated offenses could result in discontinued service.

Those seeking an exemption must contact Lacey Water Resources by calling 360-438-2687 or emailing WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us. For more information, go to www.ci.lacey.wa.us/odd-even.

ckrotzer@theolympian.com

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