Water Shortage Emergency – Stage 1

Water Shortage Emergency – Stage 1

A “major electrical failure” at the Longview Westlake Chemical Company plant in June has rippled out across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California as chlorine chemicals used to disinfect drinking water and treat wastewater have become scarce.

The City of Longview has declared a water shortage emergency – Stage 1. What does this mean to you?

Stage 1. The following measures shall apply:

 City water system users utilizing city water for irrigation shall conform to the following landscape-watering schedule:

  •  Even-numbered addresses water on even-numbered days.
  •  Odd-numbered addresses water on odd-numbered days.
  • oIrrigation watering shall be allowed only between the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • oCustomers shall be requested to use the minimum quantity of water needed to maintain landscapes in a healthy, nondormant condition.
  • oUse of salvaged water shall conform to these restrictions.

 Restaurants are prohibited from serving water to customers except upon request.

 Notwithstanding the prohibited uses identified above, the following uses of water are permitted under Stage 1:

 

  •  New Plantings. Newly planted flowers, plants, shrubbery, groundcover or trees may be hand watered any day of the week if the watering done is the minimum needed to sustain plant life.
  • Commercial Nurseries. Commercial nurseries may water bedding plants on any day of the week between 4:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. if the plant is in a container pot of four inches or smaller; and if the temperature is 80 degrees or higher, and if the watering is done by hand; or if water waste by overspray and overflow is kept to a minimum, and if the watering done is the minimum needed to sustain plant life. This exception is allowed as plants in small containers experience higher rates of evaporation and may be unable to sustain life during warmer weather.
  •  Children. Water may be used on any day of the week, including but not limited to hoses and sprinklers, to cool off children if the temperature is 80 degrees or higher and the children are actively involved in the water, the water activity is supervised, water waste by overspray and overflow is kept to a minimum, and the water use occurs no more than one hour per day. This exception is allowed as day care providers may be prohibited by the State Department of Health from using wading pools.

More information will be released as it becomes available.