District dials back winter watering restrictions

District dials back winter  watering restrictionsBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to lift its one-day-per-week watering limit for the coming winter in favor of the current three-day-per-week ordinance.

The district’s new Ordinance 103 replaces Ordinance 100, which allowed watering only one day per week from November through February.

The current ordinance allows customers with even-numbered addresses to water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday while odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with no watering on Mondays. Irrigation systems also must be run between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

This schedule, which usually applies only from April through October, will now apply year round.

The district reminds customers that the ordinance only applies to sprinkler systems. There are no restrictions for anyone who hand waters or uses a drip-irrigation system. Boardmembers also encouraged customers to make sure their trees are getting enough water.

General Manager Don Zdeba also reported on the district’s latest conservation figures.

Customers used 23.2 percent less water in August compared to 2013 usage. So far customers have exceeded the 20-percent conservation target every month this year except for April and have maintained a cumulative 22.1-percent reduction in use since June of last year.

For the full water ordinance or other information about the Water District, visit www.iwvwd.com. The IWV Board of Directors meets the second Monday of every month, 6 p.m. at the Water District Office, 500 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.

Story First Published: 2017-09-15