NID Begins Mandate Restrictions

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By BStigers on July 8, 2021.

Nevada Irrigation District, which serves North Auburn, announced it is mandating water-use restrictions for its customers amid a dry, hot summer.

The restrictions will aim to minimize water supply shortage impacts and protect public health, the NID Board of Directors determined during a July 1 special meeting.

Directors approved a mandatory 20-percent water-use reduction for raw and treated water customers among other actions throughout the district. The new rules – from NID’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan – will go into effect immediately.

What does this mean for customers?

Treated customers will be expected to reduce water usage by 20 percent, limit outdoor watering to three days per week, watering is limited to before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m., there should be no water runoff from any watering, and Drought Stage 2 pricing begins (25-percent increase on volumetric consumption).

Raw water customers will have to limit outdoor irrigation of landscape to three days a week, watering is limited to before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m., no runoff from irrigation, no new or increased water sales, no fall water sales, limit winter sales to existing customers at existing purchase volumes, Drought Stage 2 pricing (20-percent increase in volumetric).

Raw water customers who request a reduction, or who voluntarily forego water delivery during the 2021 irrigation season, will maintain their priority of service once the drought emergency has been lifted by the Board of Directors.

Drought pricing is per the NID’s schedule of fees, equating for most customers to an approximate 25-percent increase in the volumetric rate. NID’s Operations Manager Chip Close said because it is based on volumetric consumption, “The less you use, the less you pay.” In other words follow the suggested ules or pay!

NID also will impose Water Wise practices by restricting the following:

• No runoff allowed onto adjacent property, walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.

• No car washing except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.

• No runoff on or hosing down driveways or sidewalks.

• No water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.

• No watering of landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.

• Drinking water only upon request at public places where food or drinks are served.

• No irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians.

“Increased water conservation is necessary to protect local water supplies now and ensure we have enough water if the drought extends into next year,” Close said. “The July 1 resolution was necessary to conserve supplies but also to preserve the health and safety of the customers of the district.”

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