BEND, OR -- When the Governor declared Deschutes County's drought emergency last month, water restrictions began locally. No watering your lawn between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Even house numbers water on even days; Odd number on odd days.
Mike Buettner is the Water Conservation Program Manager for the city of Bend. He tells KBND higher on the city’s radar is over-spraying. “They should be on high alert. The real opportunity for us is the water waste. You know, we see a lot of sprinklers, we see a lot of water on the street right now, and quite frankly we don’t have to. Those are code violations.”
So, make sure your sprinkler is hitting only your grass, Or you might find a door hanger reminding you of the code violation; Or possibly a phone call from the city.
This is a Stage-1 Water Curtailment Alert, and it’s still early in the summer. Buettner will likely be a busy man this summer, educating residents on water conservation, and enforcing the city’s water code.