FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
No. Lawns require ½” – 1” of water per week to survive. The restrictions imposed will achieve that if followed. In addition, less frequent watering will, over time, cause root systems to grow deeper into the soil and will strengthen lawns and cause them to be more durable and healthy.
Yes, the City will soon be participating in the "Flip Your Strip" program. The City Council must first adopt ordinances on May 17 that will allow residents to apply for a rebate through the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (WBWCD ) MORE_INFORMATION
If you have secondary water provided to your home, then you should NOT use culinary water for outside watering. These areas include 100% of Foxboro and some neighborhoods in the foothills around the golf course (see attached map). Further, it is against the law and dangerous to the drinking water system for anyone to install a cross connection in order to use culinary water for outside watering. This can contaminate the City’s drinking water system and comes with a costly fine for tampering with the system.
The City is cutting its watering of the golf course by 60% and its parks by 50% and will be very strategic in the areas that it waters so that it can preserve and not permanently damage these valuable City assets. The City will be on the same restrictions as the City’s residents.
The City does not have the staffing to enforce watering restrictions. However, we will issue notices and citations if we observe situations that need correction or observe non-compliance after being asked to comply with restrictions.
The City understands that it can be frustrating for residents to try and conserve their use of outdoor water and still not see any reduction in their City water utility bill. The reason that this might happen is that there is a certain number of gallons that are included within the base price of each water utility bill. For example, if you live in Service Area #1, the Foxboro neighborhood, the City doesn’t charge for any usage under 10,000 gallons per month. So, if your monthly usage is typically below that amount, then any conservation efforts made will save water, but not reduce your monthly charges. If your monthly usage is typically above that amount and you normally pay overage charges, then any conservation efforts you make, will reduce the cost of your water utility bill. The same thing applies in Service Area #2, but the base allowance for outdoor watering included in the utility bill is 8,000 gallons per month. We would ask that you continue to conserve water, particularly outdoor watering. The City has cut back the watering of its parks and open spaces by 50%. It’s a good idea to manually adjust watering after rain events too since lawns and landscaping can survive for several days after heavy rains without watering.
The City’s irrigation and water use is constantly monitored, and this year is no different. Several years ago, in an effort to conserve water and keep future water needs in mind, we invested in a WeatherTRAK smart irrigation system, one of the most tested and proven commercial-grade smart irrigation controllers on the market today. This controller uses precise weather data to maintain the City’s grass and landscape health with the least amount of water possible.
There may be times when you see City sprinklers running during a rainstorm, for example. This does not mean the smart controller is malfunctioning. This simply means the watering on subsequent days will be adjusted for the rainfall, taking into consideration the plant, soil, sun exposure and slope data. We should also add that in instances where new vegetation or sod is planted, watering will need to be increased until the roots are established.