Mandatory Water Restrictions

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There's just not enough to go around. Due to the drought conditions, the level of the Kentucky River and reservoirs, and the expected weather forecasts, parts of central Kentucky are now under mandatory water restrictions.

A Water Shortage Partial Alert is now in effect for Kentucky American Water customers in Fayette, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford counties.

In compliance with Ordinance 221-2000 of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the president of Kentucky American Water asked Mayor Jim Newberry to declare publicly a Water Shortage Partial Alert along with the county judge executives for six of the counties. They agreed.

The counties residents must limit their outdoor watering to between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on designated days. Those activities include washing vehicles, filling swimming pools and fountains, and watering lawns, bushes and trees.

The designated days to water outside for addresses ending in odd
numbers are: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The designated days to water outside for addresses ending in even
numbers are: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Common ground areas such as entrances to subdivisions without designated addresses should select one of the schedules and stick to it. All customers are asked not to water outside on Mondays.

Tuesday Fayette County's Water Conservation Appeals held an emergency meeting to determine how businesses will be restricted.
The board ruled treated water may be used outside buildings for business purposes only to the extent minimally necessary to conduct the business. Other water useage is restricted to the odd/even watering schedule.

Anyone found to be in violation of the restrictions in Fayette County can be fined $250 by the Lexington Police. No word yet on what the other counties will fine for violations.

If you see someone in violation of the restrictions, you are asked to call Lex Call at 425-2255.

Builders are asked to adhere to the same schedule. Anyone who wishes to appeal the restriction is asked to contact the Conservation Appeals Board through Lex Call.

“Although we are committed to providing quality, unrestricted water
service for our customers, we appreciate our customers’ cooperation in
reducing their outdoor water usage during these unusually hot, dry
conditions in our region,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water.

Kentucky American Water says they will monitor water levels daily.

Water conservation tips are available on Kentucky American Water’s website at www.kawc.com. Information about Central Kentucky’s water supply problem and the proposed regional project to address it can be found at www.bluegrasswater.com.


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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:10 AM
    JAY - Thanks for looking out for the best interests of our community. I assume from your post that you are an officer of the law. I just think you guys and ladies are better served actually PROTECTING the community rather than rounding up the retirees who just want a pretty flower garden. Thanks again for all you do.
  • by JAY Location: Central Kentucky on Aug 30, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    I don't have anything to write about the water conservation, but I just want to thank Dave and Karen for keeping the streak alive. No matter the topic that's being commented on, there's always room to blame or bash the cops. Keep up the good work. P.S. - Dave, I'll try to make it to your house faster next time we're called.
  • by me Location: berea on Aug 29, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    OK i see were alot of you are coming from about the big buss.wasting water and they do but we also have to help we are low on water look at what little rain we have had over the last several years,ok the water has to come from some where and that is rain and if we dont have rain we dont have water right so lets do our part and save water we have to have it for everything i know i dont know much but i do know you cant just keep taking and not putting back or you will run out.
  • by Chris Location: downtown on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:26 AM
    I said no to turning of my a/c for a half an hour, so I don't think I will be using less water. If the utility companies cannot provide full time 24/7 services for existing customers then we have a supply problem. In order to fix the supply problem the Fayette County Government needs to STOP ISSUING ALL NEW BUILDING PERMITS, until the utility companies can show they can provide enough services to run 24/7 for everyone, both new and old customers. We go through this crap every summer and have been for years! I don't balme it all on the Utility companies either. The local governments lust for more taxes and their love affair with area developers have us over the edge of practicality. That is a simple fix really.
  • by Jen Location: Winchester on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    So does this mean it's still ok for the city to water the grass at Thoroughbred Park, across the street from the Herald Leader? I drive by every day on my way to work, and I see the sprinklers running, including this morning, and last week when we had a storm one morning... RIDICULOUS... The city should be setting an example as well!
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Aug 29, 2007 at 08:27 AM
    This is to Kelly in Waynesburg, I did not say that we should drive around looking for people to turn in. I just said that if we see somebody that is not complying then we should turn them in. I do not think that the police should write these citations instead of taking care of the abusing parents, but I think that there is no reason that they cannot write citations while they are doing a whole lot of sitting in their air conditioned cars reading the paper. That is what you see them doing more than anything. They are only going to stop these parents as much as they are now. I think that SS should also do their part in catching these parents, but you seem to forget the days that they have ALL DAY LONG staff meetings and stuff like that. You need to read my posting a little bit better.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Aug 28, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    Okay, kids, things are bad water wise. A smart visionary would stop all outside lawn watering COMPLETELY. The grass will recover and all the elitists in Lexington can see green another day. This is pathetic!
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 28, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    karen good idea, you should drive around the entire time the ban is in place and make a thousand calls on your cell phone so no one breaks the law. start with county garages, bus garages, carwashs, then off to the big buisness that have beautifull lawns, then if you have time go by the huge horsefarms and see if they are regulating water usage as well. this way we can send the law to arrest all the trash parents who continue to mistreat the children of Kentucky...
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Aug 28, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    Fred, the Lexington Police take five hours to respond to calls. It might be a day or two for them to get the water violators!
  • by Justin Location: Lexington on Aug 28, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    Do these restrictions apply to the University of Kentucky and other government ran facilities?
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