Last year, City of Ferndale officials made a startling revelation mid-summer. Water reservoirs that had previously remained full year-round were showing less than full levels following record-breaking warm weather. Emergency meetings of city staff and city councilmembers were held and it was decided to, for the first time in recent history, to switch from a voluntary to a mandatory watering schedule for city property owners.
This year in March, the Ferndale City Council discussed and approved implementing a mandatory watering schedule again this year from June 1st to September 15th.
During the restricted water use period, city water service customers with odd-numbered addresses are to water only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays while even-numbered addresses are to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Watering is also restricted to after 5pm and before 10am and for a period of no longer than 30 minutes.
No watering on Mondays is allowed in order to allow the water reservoirs to recharge after expected heavy use on weekends.
There are exceptions granted. According to city staff, the restrictions do not apply to
- newly planted lawn
- flower and vegetable gardens
- drip irrigation systems and hand watering
- outdoor potted plants and hanging baskets
Penalties established for violations of the watering restrictions are a written warning for the first offense, $50 for the 2nd offense, and $125 for the 3rd and subsequent offense(s).