City of Odessa Reduces Watering Times

ODESSA - The City of Odessa is reducing the time when residents and businesses can water.

City officials announced Friday morning that residents and businesses can only water from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on their assigned day beginning Monday, August 1.

Currently, Odessa residents can water from 6:00 p.m. on their designated day to 10:00 the next morning.

Residents and businesses with odd addresses can now water from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Residents and businesses with even addresses can water from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Additional restrictions being enforced include: 
Vehicle washing is limited to commercial and mobile car washes only.
Washing down of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, streets and gutters is prohibited.
Washing down of buildings is prohibited unless for fire protection.
All water leaks must be repaired within a reasonable time frame.

These restrictions are mandatory and are required to maintain an adequate water supply for the health, safety and sanitation of our community. A violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2000.

Water restrictions do not apply to effluent or well water. However, to avoid a notice of violation or citation residents and businesses utilizing well water should have the well verified by City code enforcement officers. Once the well is verified, a sign will be issued for owners to place on the property.

An appointment for inspection can be made by calling 335.4820.

The City of Midland tells NewsWest9 they have no immediate plans to reduce watering times. However, officials say that Midland's average water usage is starting to increase again and they are watching it closely.