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American Fork begins water conservation measures May 1, 2014

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) American Fork begins water conservation measures May 1, 2014
AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Residents in American Fork will be changing their water habits beginning May 1, 2014.

The city is the first along the Wasatch Front to implement water restrictions in 2014.

"As early as February, council members started looking at the water and saying, 'maybe we need to start earlier, just as cautious measure," said Dale Goodman, Public Works Director for American Fork. "We're in a desert, we have a finite amount of water."

Goodman said the idea is not to drain the reservoirs all at once.

"When you do that, the reservoirs draw down and there's no water left," said Goodman.

The restrictions are the same as the previous year in American Fork, but there are now fines in place for those who do not comply.

"Most people, I would say 99.9% of people in the community, just said 'ok, what do I need to do?'" said Goodman.

Starting May 1st, residential and small commercial users with automatic sprinkler systems will have to follow these guidelines:

- Water mornings 12:00am - 10:00am and evenings from 6:00pm to 11:59pm on scheduled day
- Odd number addresses water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Even number addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- Sunday watering of dry spots only

Larger water users, including parks, cemeteries, schools, churches, and large commercial development will be contacted by the government if they are required to water during other hours.

Homes without automatic sprinkler systems are being asked to contact Public Works for a waiver for daytime watering.

The following enforcement is new with the 2014 conservation efforts:

1st Offense: Written warning and reminder of restrictions

2nd Offense: Violators will be locked out of the pressurized irrigation system, and required to pay a $100 fee for reinstatement.

3rd Offense: Violators will be locked out of the pressurized irrigation system, and required to pay a $300 fee for reinstatement.

For more information, contact Public Works at 801-763-3060

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