Mandatory Water Curtailment Measures in Effect

Posted by City Hall on Aug 8, 2019

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To all Vernonia Water Utility Customers

Due to low stream flow on Rock Creek at 12 cubic feet per second (cfs) or less, the City of Vernonia has declared a “Level 2 concern” to avoid depleting the city’s water supply to the extent that it would be insufficient for human consumption, sanitation, fire protection or aquatic life.

Mandatory Reduction of Nonessential Residential Water Use:

The following residential water uses are hereby determined to be nonessential:

  • Regulation of Sprinkling and Watering; no person or customer shall sprinkle, water, or irrigate any shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground covers, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers, or any other vegetation, except as follows:

    • Irrigation, sprinkling, and/or watering is only permitted by residences west of State Avenue on even-numbered calendar days.

    • Irrigation, sprinkling, and/or watering is only permitted by residences east of State Avenue on odd-numbered calendar days.

  • The use of water to wash any motorbike, motor vehicle, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle, except when such water is used at a commercial fixed washing facility that utilizes water recycling equipment;

  • The use of water to wash down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot, tennis court, or other hard-surfaced area, or any building or structure;

  • The use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool or jacuzzi pool, except for the following: neighborhood fire control purposes, where the pool has a recycling water system and evaporative cover, or where the use of the pool is required by a medical doctor’s prescription; and

  • The use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes, except where necessary to support aquatic life.

Gutter Flooding. No person or customer shall cause water to run to waste in any

  • gutter or drain.

Mandatory Reduction of Nonessential Commercial or Industrial Use: The following commercial or industrial water uses are herby determined to be nonessential and are prohibited.

  • Serving City water for drinking at a restaurant, hotel, café, cafeteria, or other public place where food is sold, served, or offered for sale, to any person unless requested by such person;

  • The use of water for scenic or recreational ponds and lakes, except for the minimum amount required to support aquatic life;

  • The use of water from hydrants for construction purposes, fire drills, or any purpose other than fire-fighting;

  • The use of water by a golf course to irrigate any portion of its grounds except those areas designated as tees and greens; and

  • The use of water for dust control.

For more information, please contact City Hall 1001 Bridge Street, Vernonia, OR 97064 or 503-429-5291.

Current river stage and flow for Rock Creek are available on the Flood Info page.

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