The Nevada Irrigation District is calling on all urban water customers to refrain from outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., NID announced Thursday.
The action comes as the district implements portions of Stage III of its Drought Contingency Plan and strives to comply with a directive from the State Water Resources Control Board.
“It’s part of our continuing effort to preserve water during the drought so that we will have adequate supplies for 2015,” said NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close.
“The state has called for mandatory reductions in outdoor watering during the heat of the day and is recommending that outdoor watering with potable water be limited to two times a week,” he said.
The conservation measures are directed to users of potable, treated water and do not apply to agricultural water use, although everyone is urged to conserve water.
Close said the district’s actions are in response to the emergency regulations adopted July 15 by the state water board.
The state regulations also prohibit:
— washing down driveways and sidewalks
— outdoor watering that causes excess runoff
— use of a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
— use of potable water in a fountain or decorative feature unless the water is recirculated.
The state board has ruled that violations of the regulations are infractions and subject to fines of up to $500.
Close said the district will emphasize education and awareness as opposed to punitive measures. He said NID continues to encourage all customers to reduce usage by 20 percent.
“District customers have been pitching in and have conserved 16 percent over the past four months, compared to a year ago,” said Close. “We need to keep it up until the drought is over.”
Helpful water-saving information is available at www.nidwater.com.