Voluntary water restrictions for Auburn residents

Source: City of Auburn
Auburn, Ala. - The Water Works Board of the City of Auburn is enacting voluntary water restrictions for its customers effective June 13. 
The voluntary water restrictions will be based on even/odd street numbers. Watering for all addresses should be restricted to between the hours of 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM.  Customers with even numbered addresses should water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
Customers with odd numbered addresses should water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  There should be no outdoor watering on Sundays.  Voluntary water restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

The Board is currently meeting well above normal water demands due to persistent drought conditions in Lee County and above normal temperatures.  The current drought began in late July 2010 and recently worsened to an extreme drought. 

The Board has an ample supply of water for public health and emergency purposes; however, the Board is asking customers to be responsible stewards of our natural resources and participate in voluntary restrictions in an effort to control excessive water use and to eliminate the need for mandatory restrictions.

Customers are also reminded of the following steps to make the most efficient use of watering year round and especially during voluntary restrictions:

  • Water at efficient times of the day to prevent evaporation due to heat and wind (after 8:00 PM and before 8:00 AM).  Check your sprinkler system timer and make adjustments as needed.
  • Check sprinkler heads and adjust them as needed to keep water on your lawn, trees and shrubs and to keep water off of the street, driveway and sidewalk.
  • Check your sprinkler system for leaks and make repairs in a timely manner to minimize water losses.
  • Do not leave manual sprinklers or running hoses unattended.  If watering manually, use a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off the water.

Customers are also reminded of the following steps to save water:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do not let the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or washing dishes by hand.
  • Only run full loads of laundry or dishes.

The American Water Works Association defines water conservation as doing more with less, not doing without.  By working together we can preserve the water supply and possibly prevent the need for mandatory restrictions.  For more information, please contact the Water Resource Management Department at 334.501.3060.