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Water Use | Water Stages
STAGE 1 – THE TOWN OF HIGHLAND PARK IS CURRENTLY IN STAGE 1

Prohibits:
  • Over-seeding with cool season grasses
  • Hydro-mulching, except in new construction or erosion control
  • Excess watering resulting in water run-off

Triggers:
  • The Town’s water use is approaching the limit of its contracted supply
  • The Town’s demand exceeds 90% of its delivery capacity for seven consecutive days
  • The Town’s water demand for any portion of the delivery system approaches capacity
  • The water supply source or delivery system becomes contaminated
  • The water supply system is unable to deliver water due to the failure or damage of major water system components

Actions: (2% reduction)
  • Reduction in municipal operations water usage
  • Voluntary water reductions by public and commercial users
  • Increase public education on ways to reduce water usage
  • Intensify efforts on leak detection and repair
  • Initiate voluntary landscape irrigation schedules

STAGE 2 - The Town will initiate Stage 2 when one of more of the following occur:

Triggers: (in addition to Stage 1 triggers)

  • Demand exceeds 95% of capacity for three straight days
  • Demand in any portion of water system equals capacity
  • Level in Grapevine Lake reaches 525.0 feet (10 feet low)

Actions: (5% reduction)
  • Publication of mandatory water reduction requirements
  • Notify State of implementation of actions
  • Initiate Engineering Study on alternatives should conditions worsen
  • Municipal reduction in water used for street cleaning, equipment washing, aesthetic water use, landscape irrigation, and routine fire hydrant flushing
  • Washing of all vehicles except with a bucket, pail or other normal size receptacle. Commercial car washes shall use minimum practical water settings
  • No wasting of water through defective plumbing. Prohibit use of fire hydrants except for fire fighting or as authorized
  • Prohibit use of water for aesthetic purposes unless using reused or recirculated water
  • Prohibit use of water to wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or any other hard surfaced area except for public health purposes

STAGE 3 - The Town will initiate Stage 3 when one of more of the following occur:


Triggers: (In addition to Stage 2 Triggers)
  • Demand exceeds 98% of capacity for three straight days
  • Level in Grapevine Lake reaches 520.0 feet (15 feet low)
  • District’s usage from Grapevine Lake approaches permit limit

Actions: (10% reduction)
  • Publication of mandatory water reduction requirements
  • Notify State of Implementation of actions
  • Prohibit all aesthetic water usage
  • Prohibit all vehicle washing
  • Limit landscape and lawn watering to twice a week
  • Prohibit make-up water for all pools and hot tubs
  • Prohibit establishment of new landscaping
  • Implement pro rata curtailment of commercial water usage
  • Initiate rate surcharge of 30% for all water usage over 12,000 gallons per month per customer

STAGE 4 - The Town will initiate Stage 4 when one of more of the following occur:

Triggers: (In addition to Stage 3 Triggers)
  • Demand exceeds delivery amount
  • Demand in any portion of water system seriously exceeds delivery capacity
  • Level of Grapevine Lake reaches 515.0 feet (20 feet low)
  • District demand exceeds delivery

Actions: (25% reduction)
  • Publication of mandatory water reduction requirements
  • Notify State of Implementation of actions
  • Implement viable alternative water supply strategies
  • Prohibit all outdoor water usage
  • Implement pro rata water allocations to commercial customers
  • Establish maximum residential usage with a revised rate schedule and a 60% surcharge for all usage over 12,000 gallons per month per customer