Haak issues Water Conservation Declaration

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Zionsville Town Council President Tim Haakon Thursday morning signed an Emergency Executive Order on Water Conservation Declaration. The order will take effect at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 20.

With this Order, the Town has the ability/authority to enforce the provisions of the conservation order. Town staff – specifically police officers, fire department staff and building inspectors will collaboratively work together to enforce the provisions of the order.

Major provision of the order are:

During the pendency of this water conservation order, it shall be unlawful for a water user, defined as any customer or other individual, firm, corporation, government, agency or other entity using water within the Town of Zionsville from the Citizens Water system, to cause, permit, allow, do or engage in any of the following actions:

• Sprinkling, watering, or irrigating of grass
• Washing cars, trucks, trailers, mobile homes, railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment, except as required by applicable local, state, or federal law for health or safety reasons
• Using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, structures, buildings or other outdoor surfaces
• Filling empty swimming pools
• Installing new landscaping or new lawn by using sod until a return to normal conditions is declared by a subsequent Executive Order
• Using hydrants except for fire suppression or as otherwise directed by Citizens Energy Group
• Operating water fountains that are non-recycling

The following water users and uses are hereby exempted from these mandatory conservation measures during the pendency of this water conservation order:

• Nurseries
• Automatic commercial car washes
• Manual commercial car washes
• Golf courses
• Any watering of property owned or controlled by the Zionsville

Department of Parks and Recreation as determined by my designee, the Department Superintendent

• Users with their own wells
• Watering vegetable gardens and flowers by container or hand-held hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle and watering trees less than five years old are exceptions to these mandatory conservation measures during the pendency of this water conservation order

Personnel of the Town of Zionsville designated by the Town Manager are hereby directed to use vigilance in enforcing the provisions of this Executive Order until such time as it is rescinded upon termination of this water conservation order.

Any violators of this Executive Order for water conservation will be penalized as follows:

• First violation: Warning
• Second violation within a year of first violation: $250
• Third violation within a year of the second violation: $500
• Fourth violation (and subsequent violations), within a year of the third violation: up to $2,500


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