More Cities Add Watering Bans As Drought Continues

Most violators do not get warnings -- they get tickets for as much as $500 for a first offense.

Brownsburg

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Brownsburg and Fishers are among the cities which have added watering restrictions.

Brownsburg and Fishers are the latest towns to join Indianapolis in restricting customers from watering lawns, washing cars and filling pools. Grant Kleinenz is Brownsburg‘s town manager and says the town still has enough water, but is trying to be proactive during the drought.

“Our tower levels at this point are 28-30 feet — which to the average person that means nothing,” he says.  “We don‘t get concerned until it gets down around 22-23 feet.”

The bans allow customers to water gardens and flowers, but sprinklers are not allowed. Customers caught violating the bans can be fined. Indianapolis code enforcement officers will not give a warning — you will receive a ticket for $100 on the first offense. Fines outside Indianapolis range from $300 to $500.

Noblesville has issued an order that allows customers to water a few days a week, but no watering is allowed on weekends.

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