Drought Response Plan

When necessary, the City Manager will activate the City's Drought Response Plan. There are three stages to the plan:

Drought Stage chart


The following are voluntary activities the City recommends residents consider while a Drought Watch is in effect:

  • Mow lawns to two inches or more and leave clippings (higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper to hold soil moisture better than closely clipped lawn)
  • Use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation
  • Aerate lawn to reduce evaporation
  • Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. Fertilizer applications increase the need for water. Apply fertilizers that contain slow‐release, water‐insoluble forms of nitrogen.
  • Place rain barrels under gutter downspouts to collect water for plants, car washing, or general cleaning projects
  • Plant native or dry‐loving (xeric) plants in landscaping
  • Do not use the garbage disposal
  • Use automatic dishwasher only when load is full
  • Limit showers to 5 to 10 minutes/day/person
  • Avoid running water to get cold a temperature and keep a pitcher of cold water in fridge
  • Wrap hot water heater and pipes with insulating material
  • Install faucet aerators