Originally Published: July 31, 2005 5 a.m.
PRESCOTT – The City of Prescott has lifted the restriction on outdoor car washing that has been in effect since July 16. Meanwhile, the daytime spray irrigation restriction remains in effect.
The outdoor watering restriction prohibits outdoor spray irrigation between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. The restriction remains in effect until further notice.
City Manager Steve Norwood lifted the car washing restriction on the strength of much lower water demand in the last two weeks. "We have seen a sharp drop in water demand thanks to both the restrictions and some much-needed rain," he said.
After 17 straight days earlier this month of water demand that exceeded what the city considers a safe production level for its transmission system – 10.3 million gallons per day – water demand has been less than 10 million gallons per day since July 24.
Norwood said he is keeping the daytime spray-irrigation restriction in effect for the time being, because the daily water demand records bear out the theory that hot and breezy weather causes substantial loss of the water used to evaporation.
"Watering at night is so much more efficient it just makes sense at this time of year to stay on that watering schedule," Norwood said. "Our water customers are finding that watering at night saves water and it saves them money."
The prohibition on outdoor spray irrigation applies to all city water customers, including city government and businesses. Drip-irrigation systems are exempt from the daytime watering restriction, although the city is reminding customers to set their system timers to correspond with the before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. watering schedule.