<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;City urges residents to curtail water use

As we move into the warm summer months, city officials are reminding everyone to be conservative with their residential water use

   Although the city council did away with the odd/even days for residential irrigation, the city still has a water use policy. Each year about this time, people are reminded of that policy.
   Eric Sather, Prineville's superintendent of water/sewer facilities, said at the present time three of the city's eight wells are supplying water to the system. "But when it gets hot and people start watering their lawns, that usage jumps up. That's why we're reminding everyone of the policy," he said.
   Instead of being able to water lawns or gardens on alternate days as the old odd/even ordinance called for, the policy takes a different direction. Under the odd/even system, people with odd numbered addresses could water on one day and even numbered addresses the next. The present policy requires everyone to irrigate after 4 p.m. or before 10 in the morning.
   At the present time, the city's three wells are supplying about 1.5 million gallons of water each day. During the hottest days of the summer, Sather said the peak water use can reach as much as 2.5 million gallons.
   "We have been informed we may be facing water shortages this summer," Sather warned. "The city is requesting that everyone adhere to the schedule and also conserve water when possible."
   Earlier this spring, the manager of the Ochoco Irrigation District, Russell Rhoden, informed commercial irrigators their allotment was being cut back by a third. Even though the latest series of storms helped bring the levels of both Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs up a bit, the amount of rainfall was not enough to make possible any changes in that allotment.
   For more information on the city's water use policy, call city hall at 447-5627.