Rationing is still in effect in Layton as a well's fallen water level is being monitored closely, but city officials are changing the watering schedule slightly to even out peak water usages further.

Odd-numbered houses and businesses are now allowed outside watering on Monday and Thursday, while even-numbered houses and businesses are allowed on Tuesday and Friday, according to Public Works Director Terry Coburn.Major users, such as the city's parks department, schools and churches, have individual schedules worked out with the city to water during off-peak hours, he said.

Coburn said the city has deepened the failed well and is still pumping from it while carefully monitoring the water level.

"We're checking to see if, or when, we can get back to full pumping," Coburn said. "We might have an idea by the middle or end of next week if we'll be on rationing for the rest of the summer or be back to a full supply."

The well, which provides about a fifth of the city's culinary water, failed July 6. City officials initially thought the casing, or pipe, had collapsed because of the abruptness of the failure.

But Coburn told the city council July 7 it now appears a falling water table is to blame.

The rapid fall took the city by surprise, he said, because water levels in the city's wells are checked monthly.

Besides rationing the use of culinary water on lawns and gardens, the city is also buying extra drinking water from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District to make up the shortfall.

Coburn said Layton's residents have generally been cooperative with the rationing plan, which is backed by an emergency enforcement ordinance passed the night of July 7 by the City Council.

The ordinance sets stiff fines and penalties, including loss of water service, for violators. Coburn said no citations for violating the water restrictions have been issued and residents have accepted the problem as an emergency.

The restrictions apply only to persons who use city drinking water for outside, or watering use. Persons with secondary, or irrigation, water are not affected by the restrictions.