“Being above 190 million gallons per day, we were seeing longer-lasting periods of low water pressure, and it deteriorated to no water at some times of the day for some customers,” Ragan said. “We made it pretty well through June and July. But when we came across this extremely hot spell, water use just went up.”
The water rationing applies only to sprinklers and irrigation systems. Hand watering still is allowed at any time.
Plant experts have recommended watering only late at night or early in the morning to avoid losing much of the water to evaporation, which also helps save money. People with Bermuda grass also can let the grass go brown and dormant because it will come back with rain.
Letting the grass go dormant can free up more water to keep alive more sensitive plants. Watering plants along the sides of a house also will water the house foundation to help prevent damage.
Violators of the water rationing are subject to a fine of $167 for a first offense and $302 for subsequent offenses.