City Needs Residents to Conserve Water Now

(Thursday, April 19, 2007) Our area is facing a serious water shortage, and is under Phase II water restrictions imposed by the South Florida Water Management District. Under Phase II, residents with odd-numbered addresses (ending in 1,3,5,7, or 9) can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. Residents with even-numbered addresses (ending in 0,2,4,6,8) can water on Thursdays and Sundays from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. While there is a four-hour watering window, it is strongly recommended that residents only water their lawns for twelve minutes per zone. Residents should make sure they are familiar with and follow all the Phase II restrictions, which can be found in full detail at wpb.org. Residents with questions can also call (561) 822-2222.

All residents are asked to conserve as much water as possible. Since irrigation accounts for approximately 50% of all water use in south Florida, be sure you only water your lawn on the assigned days for twelve minutes per zone. Take steps to cut water use indoors as well. Residents are advised to take shorter showers, use bottled water when possible, and be sure to only run full loads when washing dishes or doing laundry.

The City of West Palm Beach is required by law to enforce water restrictions. First-time lawn watering violators will be subject to a $50 fine. Second-time violators will be subject to a $100 fine, and all subsequent violations will result in a fine of $150 per instance. As mandated by City ordinance, customers who use more than eight units (approximately 6,000 gallons) of water per month will face a 20% surcharge on the amount of water they use in excess of the eight units. This surcharge will be included on your bill, and is described in detail in an informational flyer included with utility bills.

Residents who have questions, or who notice a water-use violation, are encouraged to call the City’s 24-hour hotline at (561) 822-2222. More information on water-use restrictions can be found at wpb.org or by watching West Palm TV (Comcast Channel 18).