To the Editor: Questions about water rules

I’m a little confused about what the watering rules are and whom they apply to.

I have received two written citations from the city (IWV Water District) for watering during the day. Both times it was “my day” to water, but it was after 8 a.m. The first citation was just a warning. The second one stated that if I received a third citation, I could be fined or have my water turned off.

Two weeks ago, my granddaughter had a baseball game at the park baseball field (by the high school) in the early afternoon. I was sitting in my lawn chair enjoying the game when all of a sudden the sprinklers came on. Many of us spectators had to pack up and move to a dry spot. I am confused as to why the city doesn’t have to follow the same rules as everyone else and water during the proper hours. I would like to think that whoever sets the timers for the sprinkler system would use a little common sense and water at night when the park isn’t being used.

A friend of mine who was at the game happened to be a former employee of the water district. He told me that the city has its own well and therefore can water whenever it wants to. I want to know if this is true. If so, why is it O.K. for the city to water during the day but not for residents?

Last month I called City Hall to file a complaint about Walmart watering during the day. City Hall said to call the water district. The water district said to contact Walmart. A Walmart employee said that they had received several complaints but they couldn’t do anything because they didn’t know where the timer was located. Are they receiving citations for not following the watering restrictions?

Today I noticed that the Church of Latter-day Saints on Norma Street was watering during the day. Was the church cited?

I also saw that the baseball field on Downs Street (across the street from Mather’s Dairy) was watering the fields during the day. Who are the “Water Police” that issue citations, and whom do we call if we see an offender? Is everyone being cited or just those of us that happen to have nice lawns? Could someone please clarify the rules and answer my questions?

Kimberly Zurn

Story First Published: 2018-06-08