How did the City calculate the 6,000 gallon/household?

The City of Farmington put quite a bit of thought and consideration into the study of this number. Unfortunately, it was not easy to derive for many reasons. First, it was not feasible to accurately (or easily) determine the actual number of people living in a household. We also could not determine household pets, swimming pools, hots tubs, landscape size or design, or other water using determinants without invading citizen privacy. As such, we used the most recent US Census data, which indicated that the average Farmington family size is just less than 3. With that knowledge, and the up-to-date gallons per capita per month of 2,000, as determined by the 40 year water plan we just received, we arrived at an average household winter baseline usage of 6,000 gallons (Average of 3 people/household x 2,000/person=6,000).

We know it seems low, but it was the most accurate and reasonable way to determine a household average winter baseline use without requiring our citizen’s to submit tax forms, etc.

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1. How do I report water waste?
2. Who can report watering that occurs on incorrect days?
3. Do watering restrictions, violation fees, and water surcharges apply to people who are on irrigation or well water?
4. Does the stage 2 watering schedule apply to car washes?
5. Does the stage 2 watering schedule apply to my garden?
6. How did the City calculate the 6,000 gallon/household?
7. Who imposes the fees in stage 2 for non-compliance of watering schedule restrictions?
8. What are the fees for non-compliance of the watering schedule?
9. What are the water surcharges?
10. Why are there no restrictions on the athletic fields?
11. Are the violation fees and water surcharges just the City's way of funding other projects?
12. Do the Stage 2 and Stage 3 drought restrictions apply to all City employees?
13. What drought stage are we currently in?