Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
During the July 19 city council emergency meeting, the council amended water restrictions that had been imposed July 17. The amended restrictions went into effect on July 20, 2018 and implemented an even/odd system of watering.
A state report indicates Johnson County is still experiencing drought conditions.
Gonzalo Garcia, utility director, at the Aug. 20 meeting, recommended that the water restrictions be continued for at least another two weeks.
Garcia confirmed that Gardner is the only city in the county that has imposed water restrictions on residents.
Randy Gregoryck, councilmember, said Gardner is also the only city in the county that depends on only one source for its water. “We need to look at getting other sources of water instead of kicking the can down the road” he said.
Steve Shute, mayor, said the council is already looking into the matter.
“I don’t think we are kicking the can down the road. The staff is already having that discussion with other providers,” he said.
Under the water restrictions, outdoor water use is determined according to geographical location and applies to all homes, businesses and government agencies. North of Main St. – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
South of Main St. – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. No watering on Friday.
Any outdoor water use, including lawn watering and car washing, will be allowed before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m. on the assigned days.
Refilling of swimming pools will be allowed one day a week after sunset. Privately owned pools not filled prior to the declaration of a water warning may not be filled until after the water warning is lifted.
Bulk water sales will be allowed between 6 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, not to exceed 10,000 gallons per day.
Waste of water will be prohibited.

Pool leakage repaired
At the Aug. 6 meeting, Rich Melton, councilman, inquired if the city’s pool was still leaking. On an average day, the pool was losing 15,000 -30,000 gallons per day.
The leakage was caused by hydrostatic valves, and all seven of the valves had been replaced, according to Jason Bruce, parks and recreation director. Return lines for the filters were also being looked at and the council would be updated.