Originally created 06/04/99

Odd-even watering allowed



After a "modest" recovery of water levels overnight, Augusta Utilities officials lifted the mandatory ban on all outdoor watering in the Tobacco, Brown and Old Waynesboro roads Friday morning.

Residents in those areas may once again water thirsty lawns, but only on an odd-even basis, said Max Hicks, utilities director.

Beginning today, residents with even numbered addresses may water outdoor, and continue to do so on even-numbered days. Saturday, residents with odd numbered addresses may begin watering and continue on the following odd-numbered days.

This plan will be in place until water levels have returned to normal in the four water tanks affected by an open valve at the Rose Hill Storage Plant.

"The tanks are recovering at a modest rate," Mr. Hicks said. "We feel like going to an odd-even (system) won't pull down the tanks all the way."

With a ban on all outdoor watering in place Thursday, by Friday morning the water tanks recovered to about 750,000 of the total 1.5 million-gallon capacity, Mr. Hicks said.

But with the odd-even plan in effect, recovery over the next few days is expected to be slower. Mr. Hicks would not speculate on how long before the odd-even plan would be lifted, allowing residents could return to normal outdoor watering.

S.B. Crawford can be reached at (706) 823-3217 or scraw@augustachronicle.com.