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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 4:45 am

On August 16, Safford Mayor Chris Gibbs declared a water emergency; the following mandatory restrictions are effective immediately:

• All outside watering shall follow the following two-days-a-week schedule: if your address ends with an even number, water on Wednesday and Saturday. Odd numbers will water on Tuesday and Friday.

• All outside watering shall be limited to two (2) hours on designated watering days.

• Outside watering shall be prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Comm-ercial nurseries are excluded.

• Prohibit the hosing off of pavement, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, tennis courts, buildings or any structures.

• It is prohibited to allow water to run into city streets or alleys.

• Water used for dust control must be reclaimed water.

• All restaurants shall refrain from serving water unless requested by patrons.

• No washing of vehicles except once a week and on designated watering days only. This shall be accomplished using a bucket, with an automatic shut-off nozzle on the hose. Commercial car washes are excluded.

• The installation of pools and Jacuzzis and planting of new sod and any ornamental shrubbery shall be deferred until after this water emergency no longer exists.

• The operation of ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life.  

The following penalties are imposed for violation under the auspices of Section 1.12.010 of the Safford Municipal Code:

Any persons violating these mandatory restrictions shall be issued a civil citation resulting in a $100 fine for the first offense, a $250 fine for the second and subsequent offense.

For a free in-depth assessment, please contact the Water Counts Program at (928) 228-8370.

Water-saving tip:  Visit the “Leaky House” this weekend at the Salsa Fest, located at the northwest corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue. City staff will be there providing literature and useful water-saving tips.

For more information, visit www.cityofsafford.us

1. Usage based on consumption reports, for your information current usage is not sustainable; 2. Safford Customers yearly average, 143 gallons per person per day; 3. Goal of 130 gallons per person per day is sustainable; 4. National average based on American Water Works Association, Water Use Statistics

*September 2012 – Average based on the first three weeks of consumption.

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