Even though there has been some rainfall, Gardner is still under a Water Watch. The Hillsdale Reservoir has not recovered from the effects of the drought and is still behind for the year by about 12 to 14 inches. The City encourages all residents to continue their water conservation measures as much as they can over the next 4 to 6 months until a sufficient amount of rain replenishes the Hillsdale Reservoir.
In a Water Watch, residents are asked to take the following measures:
- Watering lawns on alternating days, with even addresses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and odd addresses on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and no watering on Sunday
- Limit filling swimming pools
- Limit washing vehicles
- Wash full loads of laundry rather than partial loads
- Take shorter showers if possible
- Don't let faucets run
- Have leaking faucets or toilet fixtures repaired as soon as possible
Other conservation measures: There are suggested practices on the City web page under the Water Division of Public Works (http://www.gardnerkansas.gov/water_conservation). There are additional links under each bullet point on the Water Division Water Conservation page. Additional tips can be found at: http://www.h2ouse.org/tour.