Independence moves from a Water Watch to a Water Warning.
At last night's city commission meeting, the city of Independence issued a Water Warning declaration for the city that went into effect at midnight last. The goal of the change is to achieve an overall 10 percent reduction in water usage. City engineer John Garris says last week's rainfall was enough to push back the declaration by a few days, but it was not enough to significantly improve conditions.
As a result of the Water Warning, residents will be asked to step up their efforts at water conservation. All customers using city water will be asked to restrict outdoor watering to hand-held hoses and buckets, and to water only before 10am and after 9pm. Residents with odd numbered addresses are asked to only water on odd numbered days and those with even numbered addresses to water only on even numbered days.