Water Conservation

Conservation Practices


The Town of Apex continues to encourage the following voluntary water conservation practices:
  • Do not irrigate during the hottest time of the day, as much of the water is lost to evaporation. Early morning or late at night is best
  • Avoid mowing during droughts as it adds stress to grass and is only relieved by more irrigation
  • Limit vehicle washing to a minimum
  • Refrain from washing down impervious areas such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios
  • Refrain from leaving faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, and rinsing dishes
  • Only run full loads for laundry and dish washing
  • Check for leaks and repair them promptly
  • Track your water usage by registering for eServices
  • Calculate how much water you use with the online water usage calculator
  • Take showers instead of baths
Please do your part to help conserve this precious resource! Remember that every drop counts!
Current Water Restrictions
The odd/even irrigation schedule for all Apex water customers is enforceable year-round.

Odd and Even Irrigation Schedule
The Town closely monitors Jordan Lake levels and could implement more restrictive measures as necessary. Apex water customers may irrigate lawns and/or landscapes 3 days a week according to the schedule below:
  • Odd Address Irrigation: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Even Address Irrigation: Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
  • Hand Watering: Allowed Everyday

Lawn Irrigation


Lawn irrigation is not allowed on Mondays. Hand held hose watering is allowed everyday. Apex water customers may obtain a 45-Day New Landscape Permit from the Public Works and Utilities Department at 105-B Upchurch Street to allow for irrigation of new plantings including large commercial plantings or the installation of new sod or seed to a bare area of more than 50% of the grassed or proposed grassed area of a residential yard. Such a permit will not be granted for over-seeding of established grass.

Violations

A written notice will be issued for a first violation of the new mandatory rules. Upon additional observation of violations, the violator will be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation per day. To report a violation, contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (919) 249-3354. Please give the address, date and time of the observed violation. Public Works staff will investigate all reports of violations.

Water Conservation Ordinance


As early as 1973, the Town of Apex recognized water as a valuable natural resource and adopted its first water conservation ordinance.

Our current Water Conservation Ordinance details certain continuing water conservation measures. In order to prevent the unnecessary depletion the potable water supply, the following measures apply to all town water customers at all times whether or not a water shortage exists. These measures include:
  • No person shall operate an irrigation system in a manner that allows water to fall on impervious surfaces, such as driveways, roads, sidewalks and/or the like.
  • No person shall operate an irrigation system in a manner that allows water to accumulate to the extent that it runs off the property.
  • Rain sensors are required on all automatic irrigation systems. Rain sensors are devices that measure rainfall and override the irrigation systems, thus shutting it off.
  • To meet the requirements of this ordinance, meters should shut off irrigation systems when 1/4 inch or more of rain has fallen.

Conservation Tips in the Home

  1. Bathroom
  2. Kitchen
  3. Yard

Toilets


Did you know that (other than irrigation) most families use more water for flushing toilets than for any other household use? New toilets use 1.6 gallons of water every time they are flushed. If you live in a house built before 1994, your toilet could use as much as 7 gallons of water per flush.
  • If possible, invest in a low-flow toilet.
  • Put a bottle in the tank. You can greatly reduce your water usage by placing a plastic 2-liter bottle full of water in your toilet tank to save 2 liters of water per flush. (Don’t use bricks as they may crumble over time.)
  • Listen for leaks. If you hear water running in your toilet, adjust or replace the leaky float valve.

Take Showers


A 5-minute shower uses roughly 14 gallons of water while an average bath uses as much as 50 gallons. Switch to a low-flow shower head to save 25 gallons of water for every 5-minute shower.

Turn the Water Off


Don’t leave the water running while shaving or brushing teeth.