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City of Lubbock clarifies car washing restrictions

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There have been some questions from citizens regarding non-essential water use during Stage 2 water restrictions, particularly in regards to washing vehicles.

The clarification is this, vehicles may be washed in driveways under Stage 2, providing that the user significantly limits the amount of water used. Limiting the amount of water used can be accomplished by using a bucket filled with water, placing a nozzle on the end of the water hose that stops the flow of water when the hose is not in use, or any other measure that would prevent the free flow of water from the hose.

The information below from the City's drought contingency plan,, provides information on Stage 2 restrictions and non-essential water use.

The City's Water Use Management Plan, pages 3-4, defines non-essential water use as

"Water uses that are neither essential nor required for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including without limitation:

(1) Landscape irrigation;

(2) Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle of any kind;

(3) Use of water to spray or wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;

(4) Use of water to spray or wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;

(5) Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street;

(6) In connection with stage 3 and stage 4 drought response stages, use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools or hot tubs;

(7) Use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to support aquatic and avian life; and

(8) Failure to repair a leak(s) within a reasonable period of time after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s)."

Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan, page 17,contains the following provision:

"Water customers will refrain from or significantly limit aesthetic and non-essential water use. Water shall not be used to wash down hard surfaced areas, including, without limitation, sidewalks, parking lots, gutters, and patios. Water shall not be used for dust control. However, water may be used for construction or to clean surfaces for painting."

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