If your lawns and gardens depend totally on the culinary water system and you fear the city's water-restriction ordinance will kill them, take cheer.
The City Council on Wednesday amended its ordinance.Now, instead of being able to water for six hours per day, twice a week, culinary-only customers can water three hours per day, every other day.
Culinary-only customers - those few hundred households that do not have secondary water systems - must water between 6 and 9 a.m. or 6 and 9 p.m. Residents of even-numbered houses can water only on even-numbered days. Odd-numbered addresses can water only on odd-numbered days.
No watering is allowed on days numbered 31, according to the amendment.
The change was the result of complaints from culinary-only residents who believed their landscapes and gardens would suffer if watering were allowed only twice a week.
Residents who have secondary-water systems can supplement their irrigation schedules with culinary water but only for two hours per day, three days a week, between 6 and 9 a.m. or 6 and 9 p.m. Even-numbered addresses can water with culinary water only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Odd-numbered addresses can water only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Councilman Robert Gramoll asked whether the amendment represents a more "liberal" city attitude toward the use of water.
Noting that the reservoirs are at historic lows, he said, "Next year, we may be in more trouble waterwise than we are this year."
But Councilwoman Renee Coon said the amendments change only the frequency of watering, not the total amount of time that can legally be spent watering.
Councilman Harold Shafter requested the Water Department report monthly to the council throughout the summer on how the ordinance is being observed and enforced.