The City of Henrietta will go into newly modified Stage 5 drought contingency restrictions which bans all outdoor use of city water. Stage 5 restriction become effective Saturday.
City councilors approved the revised drought contingency plan Monday night. Stage 5, which originally called for the complete shutdown of the city’s treated water systems during catastrophe, now encompasses much of Stage 4 restrictions while further limiting outdoor use.
With Stage 5 restrictions in place, Henrietta water customers will no longer be allowed to use city water at any time for:
- The outdoor irrigation of any and all areas using any type of hose-end sprinkler, automatic sprinkler system, soaker hoses, drip irrigation or handheld hose
- Washing any vehicle or mobile equipment
- Fill, refill or add to privately owned swimming, wading or Jacuzzi-type pool
- Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, streets, tennis courts, patios or other paved surfaces, except to alleviate immediate health or fire hazards
- Washing dwellings, office buildings, business or industrial machinery; or operating ornamental water fountains or similar structures
It is also a violation of Stage 5 restrictions to knowingly allow the escape of city water through defective plumbing.
There are some exemptions to Stage 5 restrictions, including conditions that threaten health, safety or welfare of the public; for municipal flushing of water lines for public health purposes; for suppression of fires.
Exemptions also apply to commercial businesses, such as car washes, that use water to maintain primary business practices. Those companies are not allowed to use city water in a way that would grow the business.
Violations of drought restrictions is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 per day.