Why do we have conservation ordinances?

Balancing the water use with recent hotter, drier summers is a critical challenge for Whitefish’s population today and for the future. Reducing the amount of water that is wasted is part of the City’s Climate Action Plan and an effective way to balance water demands with limited available water resources.

Currently, Whitefish’s water supply infrastructure is at a maximum capacity, and the summer water use is extremely high relative to the base/winter use. This puts severe stress on the City’s infrastructure and operations. Conservation practices and wasting less water will reduce the peak summer demand and costs of supplying water, as well as the life of the City’s water infrastructure. Using less water also reduces our impact on the environment and preserves resources for future generations who live, work and play in Whitefish.

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1. Why do we have conservation ordinances?
2. How will I know what conservation stage we are in?
3. What is the General Conservation stage?
4. What is a positive shut-off nozzle?
5. Can I water my vegetable garden?
6. Will the General Conservation stage change?
7. What triggers the additional conservation stages?
8. What’s the difference between the Stage I and Stage II water conservation regulations?
9. Are there exceptions to Stage I and Stage II regulations?
10. Are there penalties for excessive water usage?
11. Water usage is necessary for my business to survive. Is there anything I can do?
12. What will it take to rescind water shortage proclamations?
13. Who declares the drought?
14. Will my lawn be damaged by not watering during the day?
15. How can I stop the water from going on the pavement?