Starting Tuesday, May 2, 2023, mandatory outdoor irrigation restrictions will be in place for all City of Lewiston water customers identified in this service area map.
There are no restrictions on using inside domestic water (water used for drinking, food preparation, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, flushing toilets, etc.); the restrictions listed below only apply to using water for outside irrigation purposes. These restrictions do not apply to customers served by the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District.
Restrictions are as follows:
- Customers identified in this service area map must hand water for outdoor irrigation. The use of an automatic watering system, like an automatic sprinkler system, is not permitted.
- Hand-watering is using a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off mechanism, such as a pistol nozzle, a trigger-spray hose nozzle, or other automatic positive shut-off nozzles.
- Review this frequently asked questions flyer for more information about common outdoor irrigation queries.
General Watering and Conservation Tips:
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends watering the lawn or vegetation during the coolest part of the day (early morning or late evening when temps are cooler and winds lighter). This is because watering during hot periods of the day will result in the water evaporating before it can get to the lawn or vegetation.
- Avoid watering on windy days.
- Use a broom or blower to clean off sidewalks/driveways, instead of water.
- Cover your swimming pool, this helps to reduce evaporation. A pool cover can reduce water loss by 90%.
- Wash your car on the lawn, instead of in the driveway or on the street. Don’t allow the water to run continuously. Turn it on and off to soak down and rinse off. Water will be absorbed by the lawn, which will help you conserve water. Or, consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- Avoid using recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.
- Look at your outdoor water connections and repair any leaks.
- Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants which require smaller amounts of water more often.