City of Bethany is advancing to Stage 4 water rationing immediately, due to a critical water situation.
Until further notice, only hand watering of gardens and flower beds are acceptable. Commercial car washes with water recycling operations are permitted.
• Use of an alternative water source, such as a private well. If deemed necessary, the alternative source can be inspected by the Utility Superintendent. Use of any alternative source must comply with any cross-connection prevention measures required by City ordinance or Building Codes.
• Hand watering of newly planted hydromulch, grass sod, grass seed and shrubs and trees.
• Conducting maintenance, repair or testing on an irrigation system.
Violators will be given 1 warning. Citations will be issued for repeat violators on each subsequent day which watering is observed. Excessive violations are subject to water cutoff.
Despite a near record year of rainfall, the City’s water comes from wells. Because of this, rainfall amounts don’t impact our city’s water levels as it would in a reservoir system. That being said, the availability of the water is not the critical issue, the capacity of our pumps is. In short, the water levels are fine, however, our pumps cannot keep up with the demand.
As you may know, half of the City’s water supply wells are currently not being used due to a detection of a known carcinogen in the water coming from these impacted wells. The City believes that these contaminants are from the Rockwell Gulfstream site located at the airport to the east of the City's well field. When contamination was discovered in these wells, the City immediately shut them down. The Bethany City Council maintains standards that the City will not utilize any water source containing known carcinogens. This standard resulted in the City ceasing use of wells for the City's water supply where contaminates have been detected.
The City of Bethany’s water meets and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards.