As complaints increase, Rapid City reminds public of water restrictions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Neighbor complaints coupled with field staff observations have city officials reminding the public that water restrictions are in effect and violators face fines for continued non-compliance.

"We are getting several complaints of people watering on a daily basis," said Rapid City Water Superintendent Jeff Crockett. "Most of the complaints are coming from neighbors about violations of the ordinance but our field staff is also witnessing violations. It has been warm and dry, but that is no excuse for not abiding to the restrictions."

City staff visit with the homeowner about the violation or put a notice on the homeowner's door if nobody is home. After a second notice of non-compliance, the case is referred to the City Attorney's Office. Once referred to the City Attorney's Office, violators can face fines up to $120 for continued non-compliance of the ordinance.

Annual mandatory water conservation measures have been in place for more than 20 years and are in effect June 1-August 31.

No watering is allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Odd-numbered household addresses are allowed to water on odd-numbered calendar days. Even-numbered household addresses are allowed to water on even-numbered calendar days. No outside watering is allowed on the 31st day of any month.

Manual watering with a hand-held hose or with a bucket, sprinkling can or another similar container is allowed.