The mandatory lawn irrigation shutdown for residents and businesses remains in effect. On June 30 the City lost one of its largest production wells due to mechanical failure. The City’s five water reservoirs were reduced to critically low levels; therefore, on July 6 an immediate lawn irrigation shutdown was enacted to help replenish the reservoirs. If everyone complies with the lawn irrigation shutdown, then reservoirs should be at a safe level to possibly provide restricted, limited lawn irrigation in the near future. There has been some progress made in our reservoir levels, but we are not yet able to allow lawn watering.
It is permissible to water vegetable gardens and flowers, preferably between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Use a soaker hose, drip system, or water by hand. Apply mulch.
Once the reservoirs reach a certain level, we will give notice that lawn watering will be allowed. Conservation practices must be followed, including an odd-even system, not watering during the day, and restricting the amount of lawn watering.
Here is a reservoir levels graphic to illustrate various water levels. This graphic is for illustration purposes only; the City of Cheney actually has five reservoirs.
It is anticipated that the failed well pump will be repaired within the next couple of weeks. We will keep you informed of the status of the reservoirs and well repair.
We appreciate the cooperation of our Cheney residents, businesses, and apartment managers who have stopped watering their lawns.