1. Water shall be used for beneficial purposes only; all unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are prohibited.
2. Water shall not be applied to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures. Care shall be taken not to water past the point of saturation.
3. Free-flowing hoses for all uses are prohibited. Automatic shut-off devices shall be attached on any hose or filling apparatus in use.
4. Leaking customer pipes or faulty sprinklers shall be repaired within two (2) working days or less if warranted by the severity of the problem.
5. All pools, spas, and ornamental fountains/ponds shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and shall be constructed to be leak-proof. Pool draining and refilling shall be allowed only for health, maintenance, or structural considerations.
6. Washing streets, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks, except as necessary for health, aesthetic or sanitary purposes, is prohibited.
7. Reduce water use by the following specified percentages: Residential and Rural 25-40%; Multi-family and Public/ Institutional customers reduce water use by 20-30%; commercial customers by 20%; and Landscape Irrigation by 25-50%.
8. To reduce evaporation, the use of sprinkler irrigation systems for all M&I customers shall be limited to between one hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise. Sprinkler irrigation systems may be run outside of these hours for testing, but not for more than 5 minutes per cycle and only long enough to verify proper operation and make sprinkler adjustments.
9. Customers with “smart” irrigation timers or controllers are asked to set their controllers to achieve 75% of the evapotranspiration (ET) rate. Drip irrigation systems are excluded from this requirement.
10. Irrigated landscaped areas shall include efficient irrigation systems (e.g., drip irrigation, timed sprinklers, rain sensors, low-flow spray heads, etc.). Outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf with potable water shall be limited to 3 days a week. Customers whose street addresses end with an odd number may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Customers whose street addresses end with an even number may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.
11. Eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to: Restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, bars or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased, shall serve water only upon request.
12. Users of construction meters and fire hydrant meters will be monitored for efficient water use. Flushing of water mains, sewers, or fire hydrants is prohibited except for emergencies and essential operations.
13. Water use exceedance tiered pricing will be implemented.
14. Motor vehicles and equipment shall be washed only with buckers or with hoses equipped with automatic shutoff nozzles.
15. Operators of hotels and motels shall offer patrons the option of not having their towels and linens washed daily.
Penalties: Any customer in violation of Stage 3 requirements shall be first notified of the regulations and warned of the penalty associated with continued violation. If the violation is not timely corrected, any continued violation of mandatory Stage 3 requirements after notice and warning is provided shall be punishable by an administrative fine of $200.00 per day or per occurrence.