Town of Fishers' Water Conservation Order in Effect Despite Recent Rainfall

Town of Fishers' Water Conservation Order in Effect Despite Recent Rainfall

Date of Record: August 9, 2012

Town of Fishers' Water Conservation Order in Effect Despite Recent Rainfall
Water Utility Asks for Restrictions to Remain in Place

FISHERS, Ind. (August 9, 2012) - The Town of Fishers continues under a Mandatory Conservation Order due to its Water Emergency, despite recent rainfalls. The order applies to all Fishers residents receiving water from sources other than wells, rain barrels, or retention ponds.

"Although recent heavy rain is providing very significant benefits to area reservoir levels, it is likely to take several weeks of rainfall to restore water levels to normal," said Sarah Holsapple, Media Relations Coordinator for Citizens Energy Group.  "As a result, Citizens Water expects to keep water use restrictions in place for the foreseeable future."
Under the Town of Fishers' Effective Conservation of Water Ordinance (Chapter 52), water usage is prohibited in the following cases:

  • Sprinkling, watering or irrigating of grass; exception: Sod or new seedling grass installed in 2012, but prior to effective date of this ban may be watered using hand held hose equipped with nozzle having a shut off valve.
  • Washing cars, trucks, trailers, mobile homes, railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment, except as required by applicable local, state or federal law for health or safety reasons;
  • Using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, structures, buildings or other outdoor surfaces;
  • Filling empty swimming pools;
  • Installing new lawns by using sod until return to normal conditions are declared by Town of Fishers, Citizens Water, and American Water.
  • Using hydrants except for fire suppression or as otherwise directed by Fishers, Citizens Water, and American Water.
  • Operating water fountains that are non-recycling.

During the mandatory water conservation order, vegetable gardens may be watered every other day by container or hand-held hose equipped with shut-off nozzle. Only the following are exempt from the order:

  • Nurseries, provided water use is limited to the amount essential to preserve inventories;
  • Automatic commercial car washes, provided a majority of the water used is recycled;
  • Manual commercial car washes, provided only a handheld hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle is utilized;
  • Golf courses, provided tee boxes and greens are watered only on an every other day schedule that begins on Monday of each week and fairways are watered only once per week on Thursday; and
  • Any watering of property owned or controlled by the town Department of Parks and Recreation where such watering is necessary or appropriate for asset preservation.

Any violators of the Mandatory Water Conservation Order will face the following:

  • First offense: Warning;
  • Second offense within a year: $500
  • Third and subsequent offenses within a year: $500.

 For more information or to report a violation of this order, please contact the Town of Fishers at (317) 595-3160.