The Maxwell Public Utilities District announced on July 19 that it was experiencing problems with one of their two wells that supply water to Maxwell residents, and is implementing water usage restrictions as a result.
“It’s a well that’s 70-years-old that has finally gone south, and we’re essentially operating on a well and a half,” Maxwell PUD General Manager Dave Wadsworth said. “We’re operating on one well until we get another one in here.”
There is no timeline for a new well going in, but one will be in place “soon,” he said.
“Long story short, we are trying to take preventative actions so we can meet our final goal, which is to get a new well,” Wadsworth said, adding that the restrictions were also keeping with the spirit of the state’s voluntary water cutbacks in response to the ongoing drought.
Maxwell residents are being asked to minimize their water usage when watering their lawns and gardens.
Those houses with a timed sprinkler system are being asked to set their timers to run between the hours of 9 PM and 4 AM.
Residents will be able to water two days a week, depending on the street number of their residence. Houses ending in an even number can choose to water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays. Those ending in even numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Sundays. Out of those three days, a resident is given to choose from, they may only choose to water on two of them.
If a resident has a large pool that they want to fill with water, they should contact the MPUD prior to doing so, to ensure that multiple pools aren’t being filled up at the same time.
Watering Restriction Advice From MPUD
Refrain from watering in such a matter that the water runs down the gutters and drains
Use a broom or leaf blower to clean off your driveway or sidewalk, rather than the water hose
Water your lawn only when needed
Don’t run the hose while washing your vehicle – use a nozzle
Check for leaks in pipes, hoses faucets, and couplings
Minimize outdoor watering
Set automatic sprinklers to run at shorter intervals, directed towards the grass and not the sidewalks.