Dear Elm Ridge WCID Residents,
As you are probably aware, Elm Ridge is currently under mandatory water-use restrictions under Stage 1 of their Drought Contingency Plan for Artesia customers.
Mustang SUD customers in Arrowbrooke and Savannah are under Stage 2 of their Drought Contingency Plan (Mustang SUD Stage 2 is similar to Elm Ridge Stage 1.)
We have since seen slight reductions in water usage by residents and the Board of Directors appreciates the residents’ cooperation in this matter, but we still need your help! Since Stage 1 was implemented, the are continues to experience high temperatures and minimal rain. The resulting high-water usage continues to impact Upper Trinity Regional Water District’s ability to keep up with demand. Should the drought continue, and demand remain high, it is possible that Stage 2 drought restrictions could be forced upon our service areas, which would result in stricter rules, including but no limited to, limit of once-a-week watering, and prohibitions on filling swimming pools, car washing, and recreational water usage.
No one wants to go to Stage 2. Therefore, as a reminder, below are the current Stage restrictions that are currently in place for our three neighborhoods. Elm Ridge WCID asks for everyone’s help in complying with these restrictions to help avoid Stage 2!
The following mandatory restrictions are currently effective:
- Landscaping (including lawns) may not be watered more than two times per week.
These mandatory water use restrictions may be enforced by any combiation of warnings, suspension of service, monetary penalties, citations, and fees.
Irrigation of landscaped areas and building foundations is permitted at any time if it is by means of a hand-held hose, a bucket, or by drip irrigation or soaker hose systems.
In addition, customer are requested to observe the following conservation measures:
- Reduce the frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools
- Avoid waste during recreational use (water used for leisure and entertainment purposes) from faucets and hoses.
For additional ways that you can help save and protect our limited water resources, please see information available from Upper Trinity Regional Water District.