City asking residents to conserve water; new restrictions in place

City of West Palm Beach leaders are asking residents and businesses to conserve water and follow the new yard-watering restrictions recently approved by the South Florida Water Management District.  The restrictions affect all City of West Palm Beach water customers, including those in the Town of Palm Beach and the Town of South Palm Beach.

“When we all do our part and conserve water, we can make a difference,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel.  “We need residents and businesses owners to once again step up to the plate and help us save our most precious natural resource.”

The new restrictions take effect on Tuesday, January 15, 2008.  Under the new restrictions, residents and businesses with odd-numbered street addresses may water their lawns on Mondays only between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Residents and businesses with even-numbered street addresses may water their lawns on Thursdays only between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Residents are also encouraged to voluntarily cut their indoor water use.  Ways to save water indoors include taking shorter showers, only running washing machines and dishwashers when they are full and using less water when washing hands or shaving.

Full details of the restrictions, as well as helpful conservation tips, can be found here.  Residents may also call the City’s 24-hour hotline at (561) 822-2222.