Tooele City released its 2014 culinary watering schedule this week, marking the city’s annual request that residents conserve water while caring for their lawns and gardens.
Though the schedule is not mandatory, residents who comply help take a significant burden off the city’s water system, said Tooele City Engineer Paul Hansen.
Though the U.S. Drought Monitor has predicted continued severe drought conditions for most of Tooele Valley this summer, Hansen said the city’s culinary water supply, which pulls water from underground sources, is not as heavily impacted by drought as irrigation water, which relies on ground water flows.
Nonetheless, he said, each year the city asks residents to comply with the watering schedule because the city places value on water conservation.
“This is part of a yearly effort to do what we can to make the best use of the city’s resources,” said Hansen.
Residents who use city-provided culinary water for their lawns and gardens are asked to voluntarily adopt the watering schedule. The schedule divides the city into three areas, each with two designated watering days.
Area one, which is comprised of all homes north of Vine Street and west of Main Street, is asked to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Area two, which is located north of Vine Street and east of Main Street, may water on Tuesdays and Fridays. Mondays and Thursdays are assigned to area three, located south of Vine Street.
All residents are asked to refrain from watering on Sundays. The city also requests that residents avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
According to the city’s website, the city’s own properties follow similar, though slightly modified schedules.
Residents who wish to further conserve water are encouraged to check their sprinkler systems for leaks, to group plants with similar water needs near one another, to hand-water any dry spots that may appear in their lawn, and to use a broom to sweep sidewalks and other paved areas instead of washing with water.
For more conservation ideas, the city site redirects residents to waterwiseutah.org.