- Water Conservation
The City understands that it can be frustrating for residents to try and conserve their use of outdoor water and still not see any reduction in their City water utility bill. The reason that this might happen is that there is a certain number of gallons that are included within the base price of each water utility bill. For example, if you live in Service Area #1, the Foxboro neighborhood, the City doesn’t charge for any usage under 10,000 gallons per month. So, if your monthly usage is typically below that amount, then any conservation efforts made will save water, but not reduce your monthly charges. If your monthly usage is typically above that amount and you normally pay overage charges, then any conservation efforts you make, will reduce the cost of your water utility bill. The same thing applies in Service Area #2, but the base allowance for outdoor watering included in the utility bill is 8,000 gallons per month. We would ask that you continue to conserve water, particularly outdoor watering. The City has cut back the watering of its parks and open spaces by 50%. It’s a good idea to manually adjust watering after rain events too since lawns and landscaping can survive for several days after heavy rains without watering. Residents should also be aware that outdoor watering may be restricted after October 1 not October 15.
The City’s irrigation and water use is constantly monitored, and this year is no different. Several years ago, in an effort to conserve water and keep future water needs in mind, we invested in a WeatherTRAK smart irrigation system, one of the most tested and proven commercial-grade smart irrigation controllers on the market today. This controller uses precise weather data to maintain the City’s grass and landscape health with the least amount of water possible.
There may be times when you see City sprinklers running during a rainstorm, for example. This does not mean the smart controller is malfunctioning. This simply means the watering on subsequent days will be adjusted for the rainfall, taking into consideration the plant, soil, sun exposure and slope data. We should also add that in instances where new vegetation or sod is planted, watering will need to be increased until the roots are established.
The City is about halfway through a comprehensive update of its culinary and secondary water master plans. This important study will help the City to plan for the future and more importantly will assist in effectively utilizing our existing water resources. In addition to structural and operational improvements that we expect to make, the City will be creating a water conservation program, including a rate system that rewards water conservation and penalizes water waste. This program will be rolled out in early 2022 and will be in effect for that irrigation season.