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NEWS ADVISORY

June 13, 2008
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Lodi residents reminded to conserve during well maintenance

With 90-plus degree weather here and four city water wells still shut down for unscheduled repairs and maintenance, Lodi residents are being reminded by the City's Public Works Department to conserve water when possible.

Lodi's water conservation ordinance limits residents with even-numbered addresses to watering on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents with odd-numbered addresses may water Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Additionally the ordinance prohibits landscape watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., between May 1 and Sept. 30,  All hoses must have a positive shut-off nozzle and prohibits excess runoff from landscape irrigation.

With the four wells still shut, nearly all available water is being drawn by customers between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those residents wishing to help reduce peak demand for water may consider moving water-using activities, such as showering or washing dishes/clothes out of these peak use times. Landscape irrigation could be done between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Lodi has had a water conservation ordinance in place since 1977. Customers found violating the ordinance will receive an official information sheet either at the door or in person from a Lodi water conservation officer, or through the mail in a City of Lodi envelope. A second or successive notice will always arrive via U.S. Mail in a City of Lodi envelope.

Water conservation officers always drive a marked City of Lodi vehicle, either a truck or sedan. Conservation officers carry City of Lodi identification.

For more information about the city's water conservation program, phone (209) 333-6829 or go to http://www.lodi.gov/public_works/water_conservation.html.

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