Submitted by City of Lacey
To reduce peak demand during summer months, the City of Lacey’s mandatory alternate-day watering schedule for yards and outdoor landscapes will begin Saturday, June 1, 2019. Alternate-day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers during June, July, August, and September.
Scheduled watering applies to grass, annual and perennial ornamental flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and any other landscaping regularly maintained outside a residence or commercial building. Water used for other purposes such as pools, pressure washing, outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets, and plants stored inside greenhouses are not currently restricted by this policy. Lacey water customers who fail to follow the alternate-day watering schedule will receive two warnings. A third consecutive violation will result in a $125 fine. A fourth consecutive violation will result in a $250 fine and discontinuation of water service.
The watering policy allows for limited exemptions (i.e. newly seeded lawns, newly installed landscapes, and publicly owned facilities with active playfields). Customers must contact Lacey Water Resources to get an exemption to the alternate-day watering schedule.
In 2006, the Lacey City Council approved the watering policy to reduce peak water demand during the summer. Prior to implementation, Lacey water customers used an average of 12.4 million gallons of water per day with peak days of 17 million gallons during the summer. The alternate-day watering policy has successfully reduced Lacey’s peak water-use days and overall summer water usage even though Lacey’s water utility has increased over 20%. In the summer of 2018, Lacey’s customers used about 11.3 million gallons of water per day, with a high water use day of 14.9 million gallons.