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Water Conservation Warning LEVEL 1 IN EFFECT

JUNE 10, 2024



BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Carson, Iowa:

With the recent rains, there has been some improvement to the region’s water supply, the City Water Operator and Mayor hereby recommend to the City Council to lower the water conservation restrictions from Level 2 to Level 1. Although the well levels have improved, the local water sources are still stressed from years of drought. With the summer season approaching, City leaders remain cautious and will retain water conservation level 1 restrictions to allow the local resources additional time to rebound from the drought.

Therefore, the City Council, of Carson, Iowa hereby declares a
PUBLIC WATER CONSERVATION: WATER WARNING LEVEL 1 as defined per city code chapter 93 in the City of Carson, Iowa during which time the following measures and provisions of the City Code of Ordinances Chapter 93 Water Conservation shall be in effect to produce an orderly and equitable reduction of water consumption until, by resolution, the Council finds and declares the water shortage or implications of drought stress on the city water system conditions to have been resolved.

Under a Level 1 Water Warning, no person shall use potable processed water of the City water service in any manner contrary to the following:

1. Outdoor watering or irrigation of lawn is prohibited.

2. Outdoor watering of any kind is prohibited between the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) a.m. and eight o’clock (8:00) p.m. daily.

3. Watering or irrigation of flower and vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs less than four (4) years old and new seeding or sod is permitted once per week with an application not to exceed one (1) inch.

4. Car washing is prohibited except in commercial establishments that provide that service.

5. No water shall be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, reflecting pools or any other outdoor pool or pond.

6. No water shall be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors.

7. No water shall be used for nonessential cleaning of commercial and industrial equipment, machinery and interior spaces.

8. Water shall be served in restaurants only upon the request of the customer.

9. Use of water-consuming comfort air conditioning equipment which consumes in excess of five percent (5%) of the water circulating in such equipment is prohibited.

10. The sale of tank loads of water by the City may be curtailed or eliminated. No water shall be sold, used, or provided for tank load or bulk water delivery by any water user except where essential in providing products or services by the water user in commercial operations conducted by the water user. (Ord. 257 – Jan. 24 Supp.)

Water reclaimed or recycled after some other primary use, such as water that has been used for washing or cooling, may be used without restriction. Additionally, water derived from sources other than the City water utility, such as water condensed from the atmosphere by air conditioners or collected from rain or snow, may be used without restriction.

93.12 WATER APPEAL BOARD. A Water Appeal Board shall be appointed during any Water Warning or Water Emergency. The Water Appeal Board shall consist of the Mayor, the Water Superintendent, and the City Council unless otherwise appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Water Appeal Board shall hear appeals of any action taken pursuant to a Water Warning or Water Emergency, except that, if a customer is charged with a municipal infraction relating to this chapter, that proceeding shall be conducted pursuant to Section 364.22 of the Code of Iowa.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Hall office is directed to publish and post this resolution to inform the public of the measures and provisions of City Ordinance Chapter 93 Water Conservation.

Passed and approved this 10th Day of June 2024 by the vote of the city council.  

City Council Roll Call Vote- 5 Ayes:    Kelly Pilling,  Kari Rose,  Adam Houser,  Troy Graves,  Marlene Richardson

Tim Todd, Mayor                                                         Attest:  Brianne Duede, City Administrator Clerk 






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