Watering efficiencies are more important than ever. With the current drought, it is more important than ever that the citizens of the City of Hays strictly adhere to watering restrictions. The City’s outside watering conservation efforts will go into effect on June 1, 2013 and will last until September 30, 2013.
During this summer period, the ordinance prohibits outside watering between the hours of noon until 7pm daily, when evaporation is at its peak. The ordinance applies to City customers who use the City’s water supply for outdoor water use. As in past years, the City has received an order from the Division of Water Resources also restricting the use of private water wells during the same noon to 7pm period.
Outside watering includes, but is not limited to, the watering of lawns, gardens, and shrubs. Citizens are urged to be vigilant and not allow substantial amounts of water to escape and/or drain from private property onto public property such as streets, including curbs and gutters, sidewalks and rights-of-way. Citizens are also advised not to wash down hard surfaces, such as sidewalks, driveways, and concrete surfaces, because runoff can easily occur.
The Hays Police Department receives and acts on complaints about improper outside water use. They also will act on any violations as they patrol the city. Your first time offense is a warning, 2nd offense is $50, third offense is $200, fourth offense is $250, and 5th offense and above is $300. These are cumulative over a 2-year period.
The public’s cooperation in conserving and making wise use of water year-round is recognized and appreciated.