Tryon reminds residents sprinklers not allowed now

Published 3:30 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Townof Tryon is reminding its water customers that theya re not permitted to use sprinklers now since the town remains under Stage II mandatory water restrictions.The Tryon water department says it is aware that a few customers may still be using sprinklers. Customers are only permitted to use hand held hose or drip irrigation for watering. Tryon water plant supervisor Betty Jones says that pressure washington is not permitted without a permit. Anyone who plans to use a pressure washer must go to town hall for a permit that is only good for one day and will only be issued if there is water flowing over the dam at Lake Lanier, Tryon&39;s water source.Jones says one person was caught recently using a pressure washer without a permit. For more information about the Stage II restrictions see below.Mandatory water restrictions in Tryon

During this Stage II (Mandatory) condition, it shall be unlawful for those served by the Town of Tryon&squo;s water system:

(1) To water lawns, grass, shrubbery, trees, flowers and vegetable gardens except by hand held hose or container or drip irrigation system.

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(2) To fill newly constructed swimming and/or wading pools or refill swimming and/or wading pools which have been drained.

(3) Wash automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, or any other type of mobile equipment, including commercial washing.

(4) To wash outside areas such as streets, driveways, service station aprons, parking lots, office buildings, exteriors of existing or newly constructed homes or apartments, sidewalks or patios, or to use water for similar purposes.

(5) To use water from public or private fire hydrants for any purpose other than fire suppression or other public emergency.

(6) To operate or introduce water into any ornamental fountain, pool, or pond or other structure making similar use of water.

(7) To serve drinking water in restaurants, cafeterias or other food establishments, except upon request.

(8) To operate water-cooled air conditioners or other equipment that does not recycle cooling water, except when health and safety are adversely affected.

(9) Use water for unnecessary purpose or intentionally waste water.

(10) To use water for industrial purposes in an amount in excess of that amount set by the Town Manager.

Any violation of the Stage II guidelines shall constitute a misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by a fine or imprisonment. Willful disregard of Stage I and/or Stage II guidelines will also result in water service being temporarily disconnected. A reconnect fee will be imposed before restoration of service. While under Stage II restrictions, Stage I restrictions remain in place.