Springfield has new water conservation measures in place that is meant to get residents in the mindset of conserving when they can.
The special city council meeting Tuesday dealt with the one ordinance where several aldermen attempted, but failed, to amend the issue of washing cars at home, car wash fundraisers and even fees associated with getting watering permits and pumping water from the lake.
One thing Aldermen Chris Theilen wanted to make clear is that your vegetable garden is safe. The ordinance allows residents to use buckets and irrigation systems to water their gardens everyday.
The ordinance lines out specific watering times for residents.
Odd number homes can water Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the non-peak times of 7pm to 8am and even number homes can water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the same non-peak times.
Violating the ordinance will in a first conviction fine of $50, a second conviction fine of $100 and a third conviction fine of $500.