The City of Westfield has imposed non-essential water use restrictions since July 1.
But, some residents are questioning what is and isn’t allowed under these restrictions.
Three of the four North Side wells were taken offline because of contamination.
As of July 1, non-essential water use is allowed from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. at odd-numbered houses, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
The same restrictions also apply to the even side of the street, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
“If someone has a vegetable garden, they’re allowed to go out there and water their vegetable garden, but things like washing your car, or you know, power washing your house, things like that are restricted to the days of the week that are allowed for your residents,” Westfield’s System Engineer, Heather Stayton, told 22News.
There’s no non-essential water use on Mondays.
Residents in The Westfield Community Forum Facebook group referred to the restriction as a water ban.
The water restrictions are meant to spread the demand over a longer period of time allowing the water tanks to refill.
So, the restrictions are in place to avoid a water ban, Stayton told 22News, especially now that there’s been a lack of rain.
At this point, the city has not imposed any fines for water-use violations, but it has issued warnings.
Violators can be fined $25 for a first offense and $50 after that.