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WAVERLY WATER EMERGENCY

Update Tuesday, February 20, 2024: The Mayor has declared the Water Emergency has ended. We encourage residents to continue water-saving measures. More information will be shared as it is available. 


THE CITY OF WAVERLY IS CURRENTLY IN A WATER EMERGENCY. WATERING OUTSIDE OF WATERING SCHEDULE WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION OF WATER SERVICES WITH RECONNECTION FEES. PLEASE READ BELOW.

Click HERE to read the Water Emergency UPDATE 2/2/24

Water Conservation - Letter to Residents 8/1/23

Water Bill higher than normal?
Click HERE to read our Water Leak Checklist.

The Mayor has issued a Water Emergency and pleads for all users of our City's water to conserve IMMEDIATELY. 

The aquifer that supplies water to the city wells has been impacted by the worst drought in recorded history since 1936, caused by the nearly 3 feet precipitation we are short on compared to normal years. Water levels are dropping, and it is imperative all water consumers in the City practice water-saving measures. PLEASE HELP CONSERVE WATER.

*Please read the entire article. Helpful links below!*


Effective Saturday August 5, outdoor watering is limited to ONE day per week
NO watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

          · Addresses ending in EVEN numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) - Saturday.
          · Addresses ending in ODD numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) - Sunday.
          · NO watering allowed Monday through Friday.

Violations to the Watering Schedule
Violations to the watering schedule will be monitored and enforced according to Section 51.37 of the Waverly Municipal Code. (Scroll to the bottom to read the entire ordinance.)
In the event of a violation to the outdoor watering schedule:
          1. A written notice shall be affixed to the property. (Warning.)
          2. 1st Violation: The City may terminate service and a $50 fee shall be assessed for the reconnection. 
          3. 2nd Violation: The City may terminate service and a $200 fee shall be assessed for the reconnection.
          4. 3rd Violation and up: The City may terminate service and a $300 fee shall be assessed for the reconnection.

The Water Emergency will be in effect until the Mayor announces it has ended.​​​​​​

Water Conservation Links

City of Waverly Official Documents and Information from City Council Meetings:
(You can also view all document from City Council Meetings HERE)

Mayor's Declaration Water Emergency
Waverly Municipal Code - Title V: Public Works
6/27/23 City Council Meeting presentation given by Tracey Whyman, Publc Works Director
6/27/23 City Council Meeting presentation given by Stephanie Fisher, City Administrator
7/11/23 City Council Meeting presentation given by Dave Miesbach, NDEE Groundwater Section Supervisor/Well Water Standards
7/11/23 City Council Meeting update given by Tracey Whyman, Public Works Director
7/25/23 City Council Meeting update given by Tracey Whyman, Public Works Director
8/8/23 City Council Meeting update given by Tracey Whyman, Public Works Director
8/22/23 City Council Meeting update/presentation given by Tracey Whyman, Public Works Director
9/12/23 Update from Tracey Whyman, Public Works Director

10/24/23 Update from Tracey Whyman, Public Works Director

WAVERLY WATER DISTRIBUTION STUDY
The purpose of this report is to review and identify potential system deficiencies and water quality issues for the City of Waverly’s water supply and distribution systems. This report summarizes the present water system and forecasts future growth and its anticipated impact on the water system. By evaluating these conditions, the existing distribution system can be evaluated to determine how it performs under present and future conditions. The evaluation allows suggestions for recommended improvements and related financial planning. (Olsson, 2023.)

WAVERLY HYDROGEOLOGICAL STUDY
Waverly has experienced recent water level declines in their municipal wellfield. With the expected increase in demand as the city’s population expands, Waverly is looking to ensure that it can provide adequate water supply from its municipal wells to meet the projected water demand as well as mitigate any negative impacts that a lowering water table may have on the municipal water supply. It is the Olsson team’s opinion that there are actions Waverly can take to maintain the water supply. (Olsson, 2023.)

 

US Drought Monitor 

HOW TO READ YOUR WATER METER - YouTube video

UNL Lawn Watering Guide

Save Our Water

Tips & Tricks : Links Showing How to Conserve Water:

25 Ways to Save Water - Volusia County, FL
Tips for Conserving Water - Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environ. Protection
Water Conservation Tips - Pender County Utilities
Start Saving - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Conservation Tips - California Dept. of Water Resources


Read Below for the Emergency Water Declaration Ordinance 

§51.37 AUTHORIZES THE DECLARATION OF A WATER WATCH, WARNING, OR EMERGENCY; ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES AND VOLUNTARY AND MANDATORY CONSERVATION MEASURES; AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS; AND PRESCRIBING CERTAIN PENALTIES.

Section 7.  Mandatory Conservation Measures.  Upon the declaration of a water supply emergency as provided in Section 5, the Mayor is also authorized to implement certain mandatory water conservation measures, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Sprinkling of water on lawns, shrubs, or trees (including golf courses), that users are mandatorily restricted to conserve water by rotating water use on and even, odd system.  Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday addresses ending in even numbers, are restricted to watering on these days only.  Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, addresses ending in Odd numbers, are restricted to watering on these days only.  (Anyone found not following these restrictions is subject to penalties under Section 11 of this ordinance.) **No watering on Mondays.
  2. Limit washing of automobiles.
  3. Limit of water in swimming pools, fountains and evaporative air conditioning systems.  Waste of water on sidewalks, driveways, and streets is strictly prohibited.  Suspension of new connections to the City’s water distribution system, except connections of fire hydrants and those made pursuant to agreement entered into by the City prior to the effective date of the declaration of the emergency.
  4. Restrictions on the uses of water in one or more classes of water use, wholly or in part;
  5. Restrictions on the sales of water at coin-operated car wash facilities or sites;
  6. The imposition of water rationing based on any reasonable formula including, but not limited to, the percentage of normal use and per capita or per consumer restrictions;
  7. Complete or partial bans on the waste of water; and
  8. Any combination of the forgoing measures.

Section 8.  Emergency Water Rates.  Upon the declaration of a water supply emergency as provided in Section 5, the Governing Body of the City shall have the power to adopt emergency water rates by ordinance designed to conserve water supplies. 

Section 9.  Regulations.  During the effective period of any water supply emergency as provided for in Section 5, the Mayor is empowered to promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this ordinance, any water supply emergency resolution, or emergency water rate ordinance.  Such regulations shall be subject to the approval of the Governing Body at its next regular or special meeting.

Section 10.  Violations, Disconnections and Penalties.  Upon any violation of any water use restrictions imposed pursuant to this ordinance, a written notice of the violation shall be affixed to the property where the violation occurred and the customer of record and any other person known to the City who is responsible for the violation or its correction shall be provided with either actual or mailed notice.  Said notice shall describe the violation and order that it be corrected, cured or abated immediately or within such specified time as the City determines is reasonable under the circumstances.  If the order is not complied with, the City may terminate water service to the customer. 

  1.  A fee of $50 shall be paid for the reconnection of any water service terminated pursuant to Section 10.  In the event of subsequent violations, the reconnection fee shall be $200 for the second reconnection and $300 for any additional reconnections.
  2.  Any person who shall violate or refuse to comply with the enforcement of any provision in this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $100 for each offense.  A new violation shall be deemed to have been committed every twenty-four (24) hours of such violation or failure to comply.

Section 11.  Emergency Termination.  Nothing in this ordinance shall limit the ability of any properly authorized city official from terminating the supply of water to any or all customers upon the determination of such city official that emergency termination of water service is required to protect the health and safety of the public.

Section 12.  Severability.  If any provision of this ordinance is declared unconstitutional, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the constitutionality of the remainder of the ordinance and its applicability to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby. (Ord. No. 00-06, 08/07/00; Ord. No. 03-02, 04/07/03; Ord. No. 06-16, 09/05/06)