The city of Ketchum is the latest Northwest community to institute water restrictions on its citizens.
Ketchum officials have put the word out
that city water users may not operate sprinklers on their lawns or gardens between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 1. Officials added that they would dial up enforcement, making violation of the watering ordinance a misdemeanor offence.
There are some exceptions to the ordinance, including for new plantings or drip systems that minimize evaporation during drought conditions.
The city's Public Works Department is asking residents to contact officials at firstname.lastname@example.org if they spot a neighbor continuing to run their sprinklers after a "gentle reminder," or if they see daytime sprinklers running outside of a vacant building.
Blaine County is one of 25 Idaho counties
that have received primary natural disaster designations due to drought from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Another 18 Idaho counties have been received contiguous drought designations.