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7/3/2014 1:14:00 PM
Clarkdale will move into Demand Reduction Strategy II Water Alert

The Town of Clarkdale will move into Demand Reduction Strategy II "Water Alert". In addition to the measures in Drought Strategy I the following measures are also mandatory under Drought Strategy II:

• Sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, or other similar paved surfaces shall not be washed down with water.

• Water shall not be added to fountains, water features, recreational swimming pools, spas, or wading pools holding more than one hundred (100) gallons of water.

• No new landscaping for commercial projects shall be installed.

• Landscaping not installed, which was required by the Town of Clarkdale to meet the Landscaping Requirements of the Clarkdale Town Code or Zoning Code, will not delay a Certificate of Occupancy to be issued, providing its installation is delayed as a result of a suspension of new landscaping permits and a surety is provided that is acceptable to the Community Development Department.

The Town of Clarkdale is asking its citizens and businesses to become more aware of their water use habits and determine where they can reasonably reduce their water use to ensure a long term, sufficient water supply for all of us in Clarkdale.

All Demand Reduction Strategies of the Plan are enforced by the Town of Clarkdale Utilities Department. Violations of this Plan shall result in the following surcharges:

• A surcharge of $50 shall be assessed to the account of record for a violation of Demand Reduction Strategy II "Water Alert", pursuant to Town Code Section 19-11-7.

• Surcharges shall double for every repeat violation that occurs within a calendar year.

Updates to Resource Status Levels and Demand Reduction Strategies will be posted on the Town's website: Signage is also in place throughout the Town providing notice of the prevailing Demand Reduction Strategy Level (Strategy I = "Water Alert"; Strategy II = "Water Emergency"; Strategy III = "Water Crisis").

Practicing a low water use lifestyle is a way each individual and business can reduce the impact of drought on our natural resource.

For more information, please contact the Clarkdale Utilities Department at (928) 639-2520.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

Pay $500 a year for water x the residents of a
town and you'll get an idea of the money collected and the money spent to increase
the clean water supply.
The rest go'es to the local politicians and bars.

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: Makes Sense Ziplock

Never thought about it that way, but it makes perfect sense. If I put a gallon of water in a Zip~lock bag and set it in the sun for a year, it will still contain exactly a full gallon of water at the end of the year.

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: Dried Up Town? Hmmm

Clarkdale's water woes are what kept my family from buying there. The entrance road into every neighborhood where we looked at had signs posted stating Water Shortage. I wasn't about to invest in a town where clean water is an concern.
Is it really that bad despite a river running past the town or are the city leaders only trying to dissuade outsiders from settling in Clarkdale?

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Article comment by: So while Clarkdale implements water restrictions ,

and it's streets are crumbling... the raps are all the happs.

Don't the citizens wish they rated at least as highly as the river and the tourists?

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Article comment by: Is Any Post a Reply

Strategy II. It pretty-much picks on the few residents who have swimming pools or spas. Do water-use statistics indicate that these people use high amounts of water? Such is unlikely. The fact is, if kept covered when not in use, only a small amount of fill water is needed per year, simply because no amount of water can evaporate through a cover. Require that pools/spas remain covered when not in use and the problem is solved entirely.
To back-up just a bit: If the water level in a pool or spa drops just a few inches (below the skimmers) the pump can't operate and water cannot circulate, creating problems including the growth of algae, bacteria and deadly brain-eating amoeba. The stagnant water soon becomes green and shortly thereafter mosquitoes begin to breed vigorously. Idling pools and spas can seriously endanger public health.

The most significant waste of water in the community is likely due to automatic sprinkler systems that the occupant does not maintain and/ or never adjusts for seasonal/monthly changes. Also, its curious how was it decided that it is necessary to water plants three times a week 52 weeks per year? A much better solution would be to allow twice weekly (20-minute) waterings between April 1 and June 30, once-per-week watering during the remaining weeks, and no watering following periods of precipitation. Moreover, in all situations mulching materials should be required to be placed around the base of all plants in order to hold soil moisture and prevent evaporation.
Finally, for Clarkdale having such water shortage issues, it is odd why we were building so many new houses/developments?. Where was their water supposed to come from?

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Great timing!

Clarkdale moves to stage II water alert, and immediately the monsoons cut in early.

Now, what exactly is Clarkdale doing to harvest the runoff? How is Clarkdale helping its residents do the same and convert to low water maintenance landscaping?

The least it could do is lower water rates for households that use less than XXX gallons a month. But no, the more citizens conserve, the more they'll pay per gallon. This is a game you just can't win for losing.

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: Sherry John

OMG, not water restrictions again in Clarkdale. We here this every year from the Council. Where are the figures on this, the stats? Drought, desert conditions, no water in the wells, no water in the system? I believe some members of the Council have an agenda to promote this insanity. Don't flush you toilet and be very paranoid.

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: KPK Ross

I did not know there was a big demand for moving to Clarkdale.
You get what the Watson foundation payed for.
I think it was 400 thousand to get the results they wanted.
That was to say you had no water an now you will live in a prison not a home.

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