#ThinkTwice, Cedar Park!
With the hot summer weather here, the City of Cedar Park is ramping up its “Think Twice” campaign to remind water customers to follow their twice-per-week designated watering days and times, and to conserve water – reminding them that “A Little Water Goes a Long Way.”
Outdoor irrigation accounts for most water usage in Cedar Park during stretches of hot weather. Water production often doubles during long stretches without rain, as evidenced last summer. For example, on a Wednesday and Thursday in mid-August last year, when Cedar Park was experiencing several weeks without rain, water production jumped to 22.53 million gallons and 23.47 million gallons each day. Following significant rainfall water production returned to more normal levels the following Wednesday and Thursday – 11.32 million and 9.5 million gallons, respectively.
Following the designated two-days-per-week watering schedule helps evenly distribute water use throughout the area, plus following the designated times helps customers get the most out of their efforts by watering when temperatures are lower thus helping to prevent evaporation.
Customers with an address ending in an odd number are permitted to water with automatic irrigation systems or hose-end sprinklers on Wednesdays and Saturdays; customers with an address ending in an even number may water Thursdays and Sundays. Businesses may irrigate their commercial property on Tuesdays and Fridays, regardless of address. Irrigation times for residential customers are before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Hand watering and drip irrigation are allowed any day, any time.
The City of Cedar Park strongly encourages customers with automatic irrigation systems to inspect their systems frequently: make sure that the days and times are set correctly, check for and repair broken heads and install a system backup battery annually.