Due to unseasonably high temperatures and lack of substantial rainfall over the past several weeks, the City of Valdosta Utility Department is declaring a drought condition to encourage water conservation, effective May 12, 2011.
The recent substantial increase in water usage by water customers has caused maximum use of raw water wells, with daily consumption now approaching levels not normally seen until July or August. Ground storage tank levels at the city’s Water Treatment Plant have dropped due to this increase in water usage. As a precautionary measure, watering restrictions are being implemented as follows:
ORDINANCE NO. 2011-1: Outdoor watering will be allowed on odd/even days with odd numbered addresses restricted to Monday, Wednesday and Friday and even numbered addresses restricted to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. No outdoor watering for the above stated purposes will be allowed on Sundays during such a designated drought condition. All outdoor watering is to be restricted to the hours between 4 p.m. in the evening through 10 a.m. in the morning on the designated days.
The cooperation of everyone is appreciated in order for the water system to maintain the desired amount of underground and elevated storage and to maintain the highest level of fire protection capabilities. Citizens are urged to help conserve our most precious resource—our drinking water—during this temporary time of drought. For more information, call the city’s Utilities Department at (229) 259-3592.