The irrigation water situation is frustrating for all. While I applaud the effort by KID to conserve our precious resources, I believe there’s a flaw in the program.
I installed a high-efficiency irrigation system at my home in Kennewick. What that means is that water is applied at a slower rate to reduce runoff (into the street) and allow better absorption into the ground. It was costly but I felt it was a responsible step to take a few years back and I made the investment.
Last week, I was frustrated to discover, that there were no benefits to my conscientiousness. KID informed me that I must adhere to the per-station time limit regardless of the fact that a 30-minute watering for average systems takes my system 90 minutes for the same amount of water. I’m getting 1/3 of the water at the same fee rate!
My yard is already dead. I’ve been following the rules. Those around mine are noticeably greener. It appears that there are no incentives to being water-conscious, as I was/am, nor consequences for breaking the rules.
KID: reward the right behaviors AND punish the wrong ones if you want conservation to work.