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Jun 30 2015 03:31PM by Kelly A Nicholson, President of Operations!

URGENT NOTICE: Irrigation Water Restrictions

An Urgent Notice to the Community from Mayor Tom Trulove:

There is no denying that we are experiencing drought conditions. The drought, coupled with high temperatures, has resulted in dangerously low levels in the city’s reservoirs. Maybe you have noticed that our water pressure is not what it used to be. That is a direct result of our low water levels, and has a drastic impact on our ability to fight fires.

We have been monitoring our reservoir levels constantly and have eliminated watering at City parks and playfields connected to our water system. We have worked hard to repair leaks in water mains and pipes, and have installed upgrades in some of our wells in an effort to boost our gallons per minute. It is now apparent that we must ask our Cheney residents and businesses to restrict their irrigation. Outdoor watering accounts for almost 30% of water use in the average U.S. household.

We need everyone’s cooperation to help restore our reservoir levels and sustain our water resources. We ask that everyone follow these conservation measures:

Watering of established lawns, trees, and shrubs. Please refrain from watering established lawns and plantings at homes, businesses, apartments, and open spaces. If you are considering planting a new lawn, please wait until cooler temperatures in the fall. When reservoir levels recover sufficiently, an odd/even watering system will be in place, with reduced watering times.
Don’t waste water outside. Please don’t wash your car or clean your driveway with water.
Vegetable gardens and flowers may be watered. Vegetable gardens and flowers may be watered, but only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. To reduce evaporation, try not to water during the day, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you have not already applied mulch to your garden, do so as soon as possible. Use a soaker hose or drip lines instead of a sprinkler, or water by hand, so that water goes only to the plants that need it.
Lawn height. Let your grass grow longer by raising your lawn mower’s cutting height. Longer blades of grass help shade each other, reducing evaporation. Stop fertilizing; it only promotes new growth. When you mow, leave grass clippings on the lawn to retain moisture.

Please visit our website at for daily updates and for additional water-saving tips in your home. If there are questions regarding water use or conservation efforts, please contact Todd Ableman, City of Cheney Public Works Director, at (509) 498-9293.

Thank you for your understanding; your cooperation is essential to our community having adequate water supplies available through the summer. By careful use of our precious water now, we hope to avoid further mandatory restrictions. If levels do not improve, there will be a moratorium on water usage with citations for noncompliance.

“The City of Cheney is currently experiencing a water shortage and low reservoir levels. We need everyone to do their part to conserve our precious water now.”

--Mayor Tom Trulove

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