With the recent hot weather, and with hotter yet to come this week, the City of Adel in implementing a Water Watch to battle the high water demands they are experiencing.

This Water Watch is the first stage of conservation under the recently approved Water Conservation Plan, according to the city’s website.

Under the Water Watch, all customers of the city’s water service are encouraged to “limit or curtail all non-essential uses of water in order to conserve water during the time of shortage.”

Residents are encouraged to avoid watering their lawn at the hottest part of the day and the city advises they should limit watering to the hours of 8 p.m. through 8 a.m. Residents are also encouraged to alternate days with even numbered addresses watering on even days of the month and odd numbered addresses watering on odd days of the month.

The Water Watch brochure on the city’s website also encourages residents to limit the filling of private pools, washing of surfaces, including streets, parking lots, driveways and buildings, and washing of cars except at commercial establishments.

Those who just applied sod to their yard should still water their lawns for a couple of hours every other day. Excess water puddling or flowing down the curb or street is a sign of over-watering.

The Water Watch is a voluntary reduction in water use and, if successful, will not require any further water use restrictions.

Currently, there is no penalty for non compliance with the Water Watch.

Those with questions should contact City Hall at (515)993-4525 during regular business hours.