City Water and Light suggests irrigation schedule

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro City Water & Light is suggesting an irrigation schedule for customers as the summer continues to heat up.

CWL is encouraging customers to use water wisely by adopting the following irrigation schedule:

  • Even-numbered addresses (Ex. 400 E. Monroe) – water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Odd-numbered addresses (Ex. 401 E. Monroe) – water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
CWL suggests customers set automatic sprinklers to operate between midnight and 6 a.m.

CWL Special Projects Administrator Kevan Inboden stresses the schedule is a suggestion, not a mandate.

"Our employees have been instructed if they see somebody watering on a day that is not designated as their day, they won't come and ask them to come and turn the irrigation system off," he said.  "(The request) has become our protocol during the summer season when it begins to get hot and dry."

Chapel Hill resident John Stevens says he does not water his grass often, but his patio plants and bushes in the front yard need watering twice a week.

"We have a lot of shrubbery. We have a lot of plants around our yard and we have to keep those watered," he said.

Kevan says the water consumption peak so far in 2013 is just below 23 million gallons per day. The overall system capacity of CWL is 35-40 million gallons per day.

"We have excess capacity but we just want to make sure that if for example, we were to have a major fire, a problem with one of our water plants and combine that with customers over-irrigating, those problems could stack one on top of the other and present a bigger problem if they were to all occur at once. It's just us being proactive."

Customers with questions can contact CWL at (870) 930-3320.

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