- City says water may be at a premium this year, use wisely
By Myrna Trauntvein
Water may be at a premium this coming summer for Nephi residents.
"This year is not shaping up to be a bountiful water supply year," said Randy McKnight, city administrator.
He said that the city will be sending out a copy of the water restrictions and wants residents to know that the time of day for outside watering will be in place again this year.
"Nephi City thanks its residents and businesses for their cooperation in wisely using our water resources," he said.
The city has completed several projects that have improved the reliability of the water delivery systems as well as the summer-time taste of the drinking water.
"Please remember that city ordinance prohibits outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.," he said.
The city outdoor watering ordinance governs the use of both culinary and irrigation water, is not seasonal or temporary, and remains in effect today.
"Please help use our water resources wisely and refrain from outdoor watering during these hours, when such watering is very inefficient," he said.
The only exceptions listed in the ordinance are the watering of newly-planted grass, short cycles necessary for inspecting and maintaining irrigation systems, and other situations specifically authorized by Nephi City.
"Violation of the time-of-day watering restrictions is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $750," said McKnight.
This year, residents are encouraged to put into place some water conservation methods.
Depending on the weather, it's generally better to water about once a week and provide 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches of water. (If it's hot, tender plants
might have to be watered more often.)
Water early in the morning before 10 a.m. Watering in the heat of the day allows the water to evaporate and watering late in the day may promote fungus and other lawn diseases.
Don't over water. Puddles of water and runoff definitely indicate too much water. Puddles may also indicate soil isn't able to absorb enough water and needs conditioning.
Put off watering until another day if there is heavy dew on the grass.
Use Water Wisely…
Sweep sidewalks, driveways and patios instead of hosing.
Restrict play in the sprinklers to when the lawn needs watering.
Clean gutters and downspouts manually, without using a hose.
Water Conservation means making the most efficient use of the state's most precious natural resource.