On May 25, 2022, The NID Board of Directors passed a resolution to implement Stage 2 of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP). This resolution asks that customers reduce water use by 20% as compared to the same time period in 2020.
Current drought update effectve February 8, 2023: NID Board of Directors voted to RESCIND drought resolution 2022-29, and return to normal operations. Please contact NID Customer Service with any questions.
To view resolution 2022-29 which implements water conservation measures that achieve water use reductions of 20% please, click here.
What does this mean for you?
Raw water customers
- Customers can voluntary reduce their water purchase by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Remember- reductions can only be made in 1/2 miners inch increments.
- If you want your purchase to be restored when the WSCP is rescinded please indicate that in your email.
- Customers who request reduction, will not lose their priority of service once the drought conservation measures have been lifted by the Board of Directors, or if a hardship is experienced.
- If you chose to make a voluntary reduction, your account will be credited appropriately.
- New or increased water sales will be limited to 1 miners inch until the drought conservation measures have been lifted.
- Fall water sales will not be available until the drought conservation measures have been lifted.
- Winter water sales will be limited to exisitng customers at exisitng purchase until the drought
- Flood irrigation is strongly discouraged.
- For customers using raw water for ornamental landscape: limit outdoor watering to every other day, max 3 days per week.
- Even numbered addresses only water outside Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.
- Odd numbered addresses only water outside Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
- Water shall be limited to early morning (before 10 AM and late evening (after 6PM).
Treated water customers
- Outdoor Irrigation limited to every other day and maximum three days per week.
- Even numbered Addresses only water outside Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.
- Odd numbered Addresses only water outside Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
- Customers shall adjust irrigation controllers to reduce usage for each zone by 20%.
- Use of potable water for the irrigation of non-functional turf for commercial, industrial, and institutional site is prohibited except as required for trees and other perennial non-turf plantings.
- Please see the District's Rules and Regulations for mandatory outdoor water use restrictions or more information about reporting water waste.
Water use is typically 30-60% higher during the summer months, and lawns are the worst offenders. On average, a lawn needs to receive a minimum of 1” of water per week during dry conditions. To provide your lawn with one inch of water it takes about a half of gallon per square foot. That means a 100’ x 100’ lawn can use up to 6,200 gallons each week, or 24,800 gallons per month! Watering a lawn this size can increase your water bill by as much as $103 per month!
In order to preserve water and protect District water rights, conservation and efficient water use must be practiced. The following is a list of water usage that the District may consider a waste and therefore unreasonable use. The following mandatory Outdoor Water Use Restrictions apply at all times:
- No watering outside in the heat of the day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
- No watering during and 48 hours after rain.
- No outdoor watering that causes excess runoff.
- No washing down driveways and sidewalks, unless for health and safety.
- No washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shutoff nozzle.
- No use of potable water in a fountain or decorative feature, unless the water is recirculated.
We’ve done it before, we can do it again!
In the previous drought (2012-2016) our community worked together to save water. Together we reduced water use by nearly 36%! NID customers continued to conserve water, however this year, we have seen water demands start to increase. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Now is the time to embrace new approaches and technology, while working together, as a community to save water for future years. Visit https://saveourwater.com/ to see how you can save water in your home.
See water waste? Please fill out NIDs water waste report!