The City of Gig Harbor is asking residents in its water service area to voluntarily reduce water usage.
Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency covering the state’s 39 counties in May. The drought emergency, coupled with the driest months of the year ahead, has the city is asking residents to reduce their water usage.
The restrictions will be in place from now until Nov. 1, or if the drought emergency is lifted in Pierce County.
There are also issues with Well 2 in the city’s water system. Water production needs to be turned off at the well, further stressing the city’s water system.
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“We’re stressing our aquifers,” Public Works director Jeff Langhelm told the council.
Recommended water restrictions are:
• No car washing at home.
• No washing of driveways and sidewalks.
• No watering of landscaping during daylight hours.
• No irrigation of streetscapes and landscaping strips.
• No irrigation of city parks in non-play areas, except to establish vegetation.
The city also recommends watering of private landscaping during the night for odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered dates. Langhelm said the city will reduce watering on open fields, such as the green space outside the city’s Civic Center on Grandview Street.
“(The Public Works staff) feel that we will be able to survive fine by following these measures,” Langhelm said.
Food truck ordinance
Also at it’s Monday night meeting, the council held a public hearing regarding permanent regulations for food trucks.
The city has been operating with an interim ordinance for two years. The permanent ordinance, if passed, would ease parking requirements for food trucks.
“It allows for a little greater flexibility,” said senior planner Lindsey Sehmel.
While there may be more food trucks in the next few years, Sehmel doesn’t think it will be a drastic amount.
“I don’t expect to see a huge flood,” she said.
Currently, the only permitted and operating food truck in the city is The Galley, based outside 7 Seas Brewing.
There is talk of a new food truck in the downtown area, but no application has been submitted, Sehmel said.
Council member Paul Kadzik said that because the city has been allowing food trucks on a trial basis, “we haven’t really had a good feel for how it does affect (other businesses).”
Council member Michael Perrow requested that the ordinance come back at the next meeting on old business due to the absences of council members Tim Payne and Steve Ekberg.