City eases water restrictions | Post Banks


The Town of Banks is lifting some restrictions on water use, moving from Stage 3 to Stage 2 of the city’s water reduction plan.

Part of the town of Banks water system, September 6, 2017. Photo: Chas Hundley

The Town of Banks is lifting some restrictions on water use, moving from Stage 3 to Stage 2 of the city’s water reduction plan, easing restrictions that previously banned almost all use of water outdoors and limited indoor use to health and food needs.

More specifically, the second stage of the plan limits the use of water to the following stages:

– Require large volume commercial and residential landscape irrigation customers to reduce all outdoor water use by 50%.

– Require other users to limit the use of water outdoors by following the steps below:

– Unattended outdoor irrigation of grass and plants limited to the period between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

-Limit the length of time that unattended irrigation can occur in each irrigation zone to 10 minutes per day.

-Eliminate all irrigation for City schools, parks and green spaces.

-Limit residential irrigation by 50%. This can be achieved by reducing irrigation times by 50% or instituting an irrigation schedule every other day.

-Prohibit home washing of cars or watering patios, driveways and other surfaces.

The city had previously moved to the most severe water restriction stage – Stage 3 – on June 30, and said Stage 3 could last until July 14, unless conditions change. ‘improve.

“On behalf of the mayor, city council, city staff and your fellow water customers, I would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation during our recent water cut. We know that downsizing is a stressful and confusing situation to find ourselves in, and we are working hard not to have to downsize, ”City Manager Jolynn Becker wrote in a statement posted on the city’s website.

While city parks and schools will not be able to use city water for irrigation, Becker noted that Sunset Park and the Banks School District both have private wells to draw water from their systems. watering.

Becker said it could be the last summer Banks customers could see the cutback plan, with the transmission line project due to be completed in November 2021, four months ahead of schedule.

What led to the reduction was a series of factors related to the water system and weather conditions, Becker said. As part of the ongoing transmission line replacement, the town’s number 1 Carsten reservoir has been drained for repair and lining. The transmission line also had to be closed for three days to switch from the old line to a temporary line, and sand filters at the city’s water treatment plant were closed for cleaning.

Coupled with the deadly heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwest, the water pumps were unable to cope with the stress, and the aquifers needed time to recover from all the pumped water, said Becker.

“We will do everything we can to avoid the reduction in Stage 3 again this summer, however, until the transmission line project is complete, we cannot guarantee that we will not have to go to a certain level of our reduction plan, “noted the city manager. .

Those with questions have been invited to contact the city at 503-324-5112. The city has also developed a frequently asked questions web page on the transmission line project.

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