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Watering restrictions for central Indiana

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Note: This list is subject to change, so check back often to see updates. If the drought continues, more mandatory restrictions on water usage are expected.

Avon

Mandatory ban

Bargersville

Level 1 emergency conservation, voluntary. Limit irrigation to every other day, no watering on weekends or holidays. In place until further notice.

Brownsburg

The Town of Brownsburg declared a water emergency today (July 12) and issued a mandatory restriction on the use of water for non-essential purposes, including a ban on lawn watering. The restrictions will be implemented on Monday, July 16 and will apply to all Brownsburg municipal water customers.

The Town issued a voluntary request for water conservation in mid-June due to the high heat and extended lack of rain. The mandatory watering ban will be in effect until the amount of rainfall and cooler temperatures allow Brownsburg's water towers to maintain adequate levels.

An exception will be allowed for businesses that rely on water, such as nurseries and car washes, and Brownsburg School's in-season athletic fields. The Town will also allow limited watering of flowers, vegetable gardens, trees younger than 5 years old, and recently-installed sod. Customers are asked to water those only by container or hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle.

Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said, "While we've seen some improvement from the voluntary conservation request, there is very little chance for significant rain in the next two weeks and our water towers are nearing levels that raise concern. The mandatory water restrictions are necessary now to maintain proper water pressure for customers and firefighting activities."

Brownsburg water customers should be aware that the following are prohibited under the mandatory restriction:

· Sprinkling, watering, or irrigating of grass;
· Washing cars, trucks, trailers, and mobile homes except at commercial car washes;
· Using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, structures, buildings, or other outdoor surfaces;
· Filling empty swimming pools;
· Installing new landscaping or new lawn by using sod until return to normal conditions are declared by the Town;
· Using hydrants except for fire suppression; and
· Operating water fountains that are non-recycling.

Residents may report violations through the Town's online Action Center. Use the General Contact Form.

The following water users and water uses are exempt from the prohibitions noted above:

· Nurseries
· Automatic commercial car washes
· Manual commercial car washes
· Golf courses
· Parks

Residents with private wells are encouraged to voluntarily observe water conservation efforts for the overall good of the community.

Brownsburg municipal code allows for a fine up to $300 for any instance violating the emergency water usage restrictions. Read the Title V, Chapter 54.08 Town code on emergency water usage restrictions.

Carmel

Carmel continues to have an adequate water supply and the processing capacity to deliver water to its customers. There are two main reasons that Carmel continues to have adequate water during the drought, its source and the long-range planning that began in 2008 and brought a new water processing plant and two new wells on line within the last month. The underground aquifer from which Carmel draws its water is more drought resistant than the surface water sources.

Over the weekend, Carmel asked residents to voluntarily conserve water. We are constantly reviewing our aquifer levels and should the drought continue and conditions worsen, we will re-evaluate the need for water use restrictions for customers receiving water from Carmel Utilities.

However, approximately 11 percent or 3,050 of Carmel Utilities' 27,500 customers still receive water supplied by Citizens Water. 2,050 of these customers live in Carmel; the remaining 1,000 live in the Clay Township area that is not within the Carmel city limits. The difference in water suppliers has caused some confusion regarding the recent voluntary water conservation in Carmel requested by Carmel Utilities and the watering ban imposed by Indianapolis for Citizens Water.

As a result of the current drought conditions and the record setting demand for water, Citizens Water has asked that Carmel Utilities customers still supplied by Citizens Water comply with the outdoor water use ban instituted in Marion County.

See a map showing the areas of Carmel and Clay Township still using Citizens Water and therefore affected by this water ban. The residents in the affected area who are on private wells are not impacted.

Converting these customers has been a long-range strategic process that began in 2006 when the City of Carmel completed its acquisition of the lines and customers owned by the Indianapolis/Veolia Water Company (Now Citizens Water) within the City of Carmel and Clay Township. As a result of this acquisition, we have been converting those customers from water supplied by Citizens to water supplied by Carmel. We are in the final stages of those conversions. To date we have converted more than 6,000 customers and will be converting more by the end of this week.

Fishers

Mandatory Water Conservation Order in Effect starting Monday, July 16.

The Town of Fishers declared a water emergency and issued an order for a Mandatory Water Conservation today, which will go in effect starting Monday, July 16. The order applies to all Fishers residents receiving water from sources other than wells.

"Last Friday, Citizens Water asked customers to stop watering their lawns for one week, on a voluntary basis," said Carey Lykins President and CEO of Citizens Water. "While we've seen positive results from that request, water usage still remains much higher than average and reservoir levels continue to drop. Mandatory water restrictions are now necessary to maintain proper water pressure and to ensure adequate water supplies for all Central Indiana customers throughout the summer."

Under the Town of Fishers' Effective Conservation of Water Ordinance (Chapter 52), water usage is prohibited in the following cases:

· Sprinkling, watering or irrigating of grass;
· Washing cars, trucks, trailers, mobile homes, railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment, except as required by applicable local, state or federal law for health or safety reasons;
· Using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, structures, buildings or other outdoor surfaces;
· Filling empty swimming pools;
· Installing new landscaping or new lawn by using sod until return to normal conditions are declared by city water;
· Using hydrants except for fire suppression or as otherwise directed by city water; and
· Operating water fountains that are non-recycling.

During the mandatory water conservation order, vegetable gardens may be watered every other day by container or hand-held hose equipped with shut-off nozzle. Only the following are exempt from the order:

· Nurseries, provided water use is limited to the amount essential to preserve inventories.
· Automatic commercial car washes, provided a majority of the water used is recycled;
· Manual commercial car washes, provided only a handheld hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle is utilized;
· Golf courses, provided tee boxes and greens are watered only on an every other day schedule that begins on Monday of each week and fairways are watered only once per week on Thursday; and
· Any watering of property owned or controlled by the town Department of Parks and Recreation where such watering is necessary or appropriate for asset preservation.

Any violators of the Mandatory Water Conservation Order will face the following:

· First offense: Warning;
· Second offense within a year: $500
· Third and subsequent offenses within a year: $500.

For more information or to report a violation of this order, please contact the Town of Fishers at (317) 595-3160.

Greenfield

No ban in effect, but they're considering a ban depending on how much rain falls this weekend (July 14-15).

Indianapolis

Mayor Greg Ballard has issued an executive order on a water shortage warning, which allows the city to enact a mandatory watering ban. This includes a ban on lawn watering. The ban does not apply to Speedway and Lawrence residents, or people who have wells.

Customers should be aware during a water shortage warning, the following actions are unlawful under the Marion County Water Conservation Ordinance (Chapter 706).

• Sprinkling, watering, or irrigating of grass;
• Washing cars, trucks, trailers, and mobile homes except at commercial car washes (see exemptions below)
• Washing railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment, except as required by applicable local, state, or federal law for health or safety reasons;
• Using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, structures, buildings, or other outdoor surfaces;
• Filling empty swimming pools;
• Installing new landscaping or new lawn by using sod until return to normal conditions are declared by the mayor;
• Using hydrants except for fire suppression or as otherwise directed by Citizen's Energy Group; and
• Operating water fountains that are non-recycling.

Exception:
• Vegetable gardens and flowers may be watered by container or hand-held hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle. It is also permissible to water trees less than five years old.

Exemptions:
The following water users and water uses shall be exempt from the prohibitions noted above:

• Nurseries
• Automatic commercial car washes
• Manual commercial car washes
• Golf courses
• Parks
• Customers with wells

Violations:
• Water Conservation Penalties are as follows:
• First violation in twelve-month period  = $100
• Second violation in twelve-month period = $250
• Third violation in twelve-month period = not less than $500
• Fourth violation in twelve-month period = up to $2500 per day per violation

See definitions and fines for violations here.

Lapel

Due to the drought we are experiencing, we have greatly increased treatment plant runtimes due to the increased usage. Therefore, the Town of Lapel Water Department is enacting the following water use restrictions. We are requesting that our consumers not use any unnecessary water. You may water vegetable gardens and flowers as needed. However, this should be done by hand with a watering can or with a garden house that has a shut off attached.

If you must run sprinklers or water grass please use the following guidelines:

Even addresses: Allowed to water on Mondays & Wednesday
Odd addresses: Allowed to water on Tuesdays & Thursdays
NO ONE IS TO WATER ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY

- Town of Lapel Water Department

Lawrence

Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup is encouraging Lawrence Utilities customers to restrict their water usage. 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security have issued a Water Shortage Warning because of drought conditions for all of Indiana. Accordingly, Lawrence Utilities Superintendent John Solenberg has advised Mayor Jessup to declare a water conservation emergency.

Following Lawrence ordinance, Mayor Jessup has established a Level 1 declaration of voluntary conservation. Lawrence Utilities customers should restrict lawn sprinkling and irrigation. In addition, customers should avoid washing vehicles, filling empty swimming pools, and installing new landscaping. 

Martinsville

No ban, but they're asking for voluntary cutbacks. They will see what happens this weekend (July 14-15) before making a mandatory ban.

Noblesville

The City of Noblesville has not placed any restrictions on water usage within the city at this time; however, the three (3) water companies that service the city have individually issued water advisories with respect to their particular service areas. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local service provider for the most up-to-date information regarding any specific water restrictions in their area.

The city of Noblesville does not own or operate the water system like many other municipalities. Instead, the water is provided by three (3) different companies that include:

Citizens Water

Indiana-American Water Company

Westfield Utilities

Each of these companies have the liberty to issue their own individual advisories as they see fit. These advisories are just that; they are not a reflection or legal notice on behalf of the city so we have no enforcement authority relating to them. The city certainly has the authority to issue an emergency ordinance but that has not been done thus far. If that should become the case, a press release will be sent out and posted on the city's website and social media announcing that an emergency ban has been enacted.

In order to learn what watering restrictions apply to your neighborhood, please refer to a copy of the water bill for your home/business and visit the website listed on it.

From Indiana American Water (for Noblesville customers):

With the drought conditions continuing in central Indiana, Indiana American Water is imposing a mandatory alternate day outdoor watering restriction that includes a ban on weekend outdoor watering (Friday through Sunday), effective immediately, for its customers in the Noblesville area.

The plan, which allows customers to do outdoor watering no more than every other day as determined by their address, is supported by a local enabling ordinance (Noblesville City Ordinance No. 29-7-09) that includes penalties and fines for noncompliance.

Customers with even-numbered addresses may only water on Mondays and Wednesdays, and those with odd-numbered addresses should only water on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No outdoor irrigation is allowed on weekends (Friday through Sunday) until further notice.

Plainfield

No mandatory ban, but they are asking water customers to use water wisely and conserve what they can.

Southport

The City of Southport is joining The City of Indianapolis enacting a watering ban beginning Friday, July 13th, at noon until further notice. The ban will mirror the one being implemented by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and will be enforced by code enforcement.

"Central Indiana and much of the state is suffering a severe drought and we need to do everything possible to conserve our most precious natural resource during this unusual dry spell," said Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth.

Like Indianapolis, Southport residents are being asked not to water their lawns, wash their cars at home or use water in any type of wasteful manner.

Westfield

Because of the increasingly dry conditions, effective immediately, the City of Westfield imposes mandatory water restrictions for all residents. This measure is implemented to protect the water supply and pressure for potential firefighting purposes. According to City Officials, the current drought could also potentially compromise the city's water system and is putting a tremendous strain on the City's water distribution.

The City is directing residents who have an even numbered address to only irrigate on Monday and Wednesday and residents with an odd numbered address to irrigate on Tuesday and Thursday. There is to be NO WEEKEND IRRIGATION. These restrictions are effective immediately and are imposed until further notification by the City of Westfield.

The City's Splash Park will remain open for residents as a cooling station. Water used at the Splash Park is recycled water.

Whitestown

Pursuant to Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5 the Town of Whitestown has declared an immediate emergency ban on lawn watering, irrigation, and other unessential water uses by Whitestown Utility customers, and disconnection of water service for failure to comply, due to low water supply from Citizens water.

Zionsville

Citizens has issued a lawn watering ban for Zionsville customers until further notice. There is low water pressure in Zionsville and Whitestown due to record water usage.

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