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New water conservation measures to affect Lehi residents, businesses

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-29 13:52:31-04

LEHI, Utah – Lehi residents and businesses may have to change the ways they use water or face hefty fines starting next month.

The Lehi City Council adopted new water conservation measures for the summer Tuesday night and the changes go into effect May 11.

According to Lehi officials, the conservation measures only affect the city’s pressurized irrigation system which is mainly used to water lawns.

Authorities said culinary water used for drinking will not be restricted.

  • Lawn Watering – Limited to two days per week according to city or county street addresses.
    • Odd-numbered addresses: Monday and Friday
    • Even-numbered addresses: Tuesday and Saturday
    • Spot-watering on Sunday
  • Hard-Surface Washing – No hard surface washing, except for health or safety reasons.
  • Swimming Pools – Use pool covers when pools are not in use and lower water level by four inches to reduce water loss from splashing.
  • Outdoor Fountains & Ponds – Water may not spray above fountain or pond surface.
  • Washing Personal Vehicles – Use a bucket or positive pressure nozzle in the end of any hose. Wash vehicles on the lawn or another permeable surface.
  • Recreational Sprinklers & Outdoor Water Toys – Recreational sprinkler use and outdoor water toys are restricted.

Lehi officials said they will allow for a few exceptions including new lawns that require frequent watering within 30 days of installation.

Exceptions will also be allowed for testing and maintaining irrigation systems.

Violators will first receive a warning and then face escalating fines:

First violation = Warning
Second violation = $100 fine (can be waived upon completion of a water awareness class)
Third and subsequent violations = $500 fine

MORE: Click here for details on water conservation changes in Lehi