2002-04-13 / Front Page

Water Restrictions Hit Rockaway

Water Restrictions Hit Rockaway

A Stage One Drought Emergency has been declared in New York City and that declaration will affect the everyday life of each Rockaway resident.

"Last summer’s unusually dry weather, coupled with an absence of fall and winter storms, has left our reservoirs substantially depleted," says Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Despite the fact that we have received some rainfall in the past two weeks, it has made only a small dent in the amounts of precipitation we need to return the reservoirs to normal levels for this time of year."

The restrictions include:

Washing of cars is prohibited unless using well water.

Washing sidewalks, driveways and streets is prohibited.

Watering lawns and turf is restricted to 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m., even dates for even numbered houses and on odd dates for odd numbered houses. That would allow, for example, the owner of 128 Beach 121 Street to water his or her lawn at those times on even numbered dates.

Watering non-turf plants can be done only with hand-held watering containers. Hoses are restricted to less than 5 gallons per minute or low pressure/low flow irrigation.

The use of ornamental fountains is prohibited.

Water will be served in restaurants only if requested by the patron.

Swimming pools may be filled one time per year and must recirculate. Pools may be topped off minimally as needed.

All showerheads must use 2.5 gallons per minute flows or less.

Hydrant use is not permitted without a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Window air conditioners may be used, but there is a restriction of 2 tons for non-recirculating water-cooled units.

The Mayor says that the restrictions will remain in effect "until the drought is lifted."

Anybody with questions on the restrictions is urged to call the DEP at 595-6600.


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