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Water Ban Declared for Indianapolis

posted Jul 16, 2012, 5:29 AM by Arden Assoc

Residents should be aware during a water shortage warning, the following actions are unlawful under the Marion County Water Conservation Ordinance (Chapter 706).


  • Sprinkling, watering, or irrigating of grass;
  • Washing cars, trucks, trailers, and mobile homes except at commercial car washes (see exemptions below)
  • Washing  railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment, except as required by applicable local, state, or federal law for health or safety reasons;
  • Using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, structures, buildings, or other outdoor surfaces;
  • Filling empty swimming pools;
  • Installing new landscaping or new lawn by using sod until return to normal conditions are declared by the mayor;
  • Using hydrants except for fire suppression or as otherwise directed by Citizen's Energy Group; and
  • Operating water fountains that are non-recycling.



  • Vegetable gardens and flowers may be watered by container or hand-held hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle. It is also permissible to water trees less than five years old.



The following water users and water uses shall be exempt from the prohibitions noted above: 

  • Nurseries
  • Automatic commercial car washes
  • Manual commercial car washes
  • Golf courses
  • Parks
  • Customers with wells



  • Water Conservation Penalties are as follows:

·         First violation in twelve-month period  = $100

·         Second violation in twelve-month period = $250

·         Third violation in twelve-month period = not less than $500

·         Fourth violation in twelve-month period = up to $2500 per day per violation