WPB Returns to Phase 3 Water Restrictions

As of October 30, 2007, all City of West Palm Beach water customers will be back on Phase 3 water restrictions. The restrictions apply to all City of West Palm Beach Utilities customers, including those in the Town of Palm Beach and Town of South Palm Beach. The City typically relies on Lake Okeechobee as a backup water supply, and the lake’s severely low water level makes the return to Phase 3 necessary.

“The wet season has brought us our fair share of rain, but our backup water supply is still recovering from historically low levels,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Lois J. Frankel. “West Palm Beach water customers answered the call to conserve in the past, and I’m confident they’ll step up once again.”

Under the Phase 3 restrictions, residents with odd-numbered addresses may water their lawns on Saturdays only, between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Residents with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns on Sundays only, between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The City strongly recommends that residents water their lawns for only 12-15 minutes, and not for the entire four-hour window. The restrictions apply to residential and commercial customers.

Residents may wash cars and/or boats from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on their yard watering day. Washing should be done on a non-paved surface and any runoff water should drain to a non-paved surface.

Residents may hand-water outdoor plants with one hose from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on their yard watering day. New landscaping (planted for less than 30 days) may be watered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. However, planting of new landscaping is discouraged.

Residents are encouraged to take steps to reduce indoor water use. Please take shorter showers, fix all leaky faucets and only run full loads in washing machines and dishwashers.

As mandated by City ordinance, customers who use more than eight units (approximately 6,000 gallons) of water per month will face a 30% surcharge on the amount of water they use in excess of the eight units. This surcharge will be included in utility bills, and will take effect on December 1st.

Residents who have questions or notice water-use violations are asked to call the City’s 24-hour hotline at (561) 822-2222. Water customers can also get more information through West Palm TV (Comcast Cable channel 18).