Last week, the Summit Water Distribution Company sent out a notice informing all of its shareholders that it would be implementing mandatory water conservation measures to deal with the loss of service from one of its wells. So far, the company says those measures are being complied with.
Van Martin, Manager of Summit Water Distribution Co., said that his company initially sent out a notice to shareholders at the beginning of August asking them to reduce the number of times they water their lawn to twice per week. Because of minimal compliance, Martin said the mandatory conservation measures were necessary.
"The only thing we did [with the second notice] is we were a little bit more specific. We actually gave them assigned days that they could water," Martin said.
Households with even-numbered addresses are currently only allowed to water on Tuesdays and Fridays. Those with odd-numbered addresses can only water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and commercial users, parks and homeowners associations with common areas can only water on Mondays and Thursdays. Summit Water is monitoring homes' water usage on a daily basis with electronic meter reading.
The well that lost service had been online for 20 years, Martin said, and noted that they never had any major concerns with it. The pump, motor and cable going in to the well have to all be fixed the problem is that the company's supplier may not be able to have the equipment in for a week or more.
"We try to keep service equipment on the shelf at our supplier so that if we have something go down we can pull it off the shelf, get it in the hole and get it back working again," Martin said. "We never had any major problems with [the well], it just wasn't that urgent."
Martin says he expects the well to be up and running in a week or so since the company's suppliers said that because of the summer season many other wells are also going out, it may take some time. He also said he anticipates the watering restrictions to stay in place for another two to three weeks, until the end of the irrigation season.
With the mandatory conservation measures in place, Martin says users have been very responsible with their water use.
"We have already seen that our people have been very efficient about this. They're making a tremendous difference," Martin said.
For more information, updates and water conservation tips, visit summitwater.us.