OGDEN -- Residents need to let their lawns dry out, or their water source will dry up sooner than expected.
Pineview Water Systems, which serves the area from Washington Terrace to Brigham City, is asking users to immediately reduce their water use by at least 50 percent for the remainder of the watering season through Oct. 1, according to a news release issued Thursday by Pineview General Manager Terel H. Grimley. "Due to the extremely hot and dry summer, the water supplies are very low."
It is those high temperatures that have accelerated the demand for the water, he said.
"We are asking all users to cut back watering for the remainder of August to once every five days and in September to once every seven days," he said. "If this is not adhered to, we will be out of water by mid-September."
A recent water report by the state showed Top of Utah reservoirs had dropped from 64 percent to 46 percent of capacity from July 1 to Aug. 1 as a result of hot and dry conditions.
Pineview Water Systems does not allow watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Because of the severity of this year's condition, there will be increased monitoring of water use, and excessive watering of any type will not be allowed, Grimley said.
The rules and regulations for the use of Pineview water will be strictly enforced.
Wasteful use of water or failure to comply with the regulations will result in the loss of water service for the remainder of the water season and a $500 charge to re-establish service next year.
Pineview Water Systems consists of the Ogden River Water Users Association; South Ogden Conservation District; and the Weber-Box Elder Conservation District.
A variety of websites offer suggestions on landscape-management principles and proper watering practices. Visit www.pineviewwater.com to review the rules and regulations and access links to other agencies that offer helpful information about water conservation.