Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

City of Avoca



Ajax Loading Image


Regional Water Executes White Action Level VOLUNTARY Water Restrictions

Water Conservation Notice

At this time, Regional Water is asking all of our Avoca residents to implement voluntary water conservation measures. 

“We are hoping voluntary cooperation on the part of all residents means we will not have to escalate to more serious emergency measures,” stated Mayor Tom Bruck. Bruck also added, “If we do not take the ‘white level of action’ seriously, now, Regional Water will implement a more serious level of water consumption limitations to the City of Avoca.”


The City of Avoca is a full-time community member of Regional Water/Rural Water Association.  Regional Water has issued the White Action Level.

Regional Water’s definition of the WHITE ACTION LEVEL is Voluntary.

The aquifer that feeds Regional Water, which supplies the City of Avoca, is at an extremely low level.  Regional Water has placed all of their (rural and city) customers in White Action Level as of now.   This includes all of Shelby County and part of Pottawattamie County.  Regional Water anticipates within weeks THE LEVEL OF ACTION COULD BE MOVING TO YELLOW if immediate and serious action by ALL is not taken.


A.    Watering of lawns and gardens from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM only. Cut grass no less than 3" tall. Taller grass assists with the retention of soil moisture.

B.    Encourage the use of existing private wells where possible. If bacteriological quality of the well is suspect, samples should be taken and analyzed at a State Certified Laboratory before use. Regional Water personnel will assist in the collection and submission of said water samples at no cost to the user, save for the actual laboratory charge(s) for testing to promote private well use.

C.    Prohibit the use of publicly owned continuously running fountains and similar devices.

D.    Prohibit the draining and filling of PRIVATE/RESIDENTIAL swimming pools, children's wading pools, or similar articles.

E.    Large volume water users, including industries, motels, hotels, eating establishments, and livestock confinements should conduct a water usage audit of their facility and reduce water use accordingly.

F.    Eating establishments are requested to discontinue serving water with meals unless the customer requests it.

G.    Schools should attempt to modify their physical education curriculum and inter­ scholastic competition schedules to minimize the use of showers in schools and related sport complex and irrigation.

H.    Water users should examine their plumbing for leaks, check toilets to ensure they are not running continuously, and install water saving devices in toilets, faucets, and showers. Facilities with automatic flush valves should adjust the valves to double the time between flushes.

I.      Water users should reduce their shower time, use a lower level of water while bathing in a tub, shut off the water while bathing, shaving, brushing their teeth, or preparing food, and only do full loads of laundry and dishes.

J.     Water users should stop washing cars (at home) and using water to clean driveways,

       patios, siding, and sidewalks.



  1. Outdoor watering or irrigation of lawns is prohibited.
  2. Outdoor watering of any kind is prohibited between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily.
  3. Water or irrigation of flower and vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs less than 4 years old, and new seeding or sod is permitted once per week with an application not to exceed one inch.
  4. Car washing is prohibited except in commercial establishments that provide that service. In these cases, hours of use will be restricted to 8:00 am to 8:00 PM.
  5. No water shall be used to fill private/residential swimming pools, children's wading pools, reflecting pools, or any other outdoor pool or pond.
  6. No water shall be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, or building exteriors.
  7. Large volume water users, including industries, motels, hotels, and eating establishments may be requested to scale back services.
  8. Schools will be required to cancel their physical education activities and inter-scholastic competitions that require showers or attract crowds and take other actions to reduce water consumption at sport complex.
  9. Water shall be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer.

Water reclaimed or recycled after some primary use, such as water that has been used for washing or cooling, may be used without restriction. Additionally, water derived from other sources than the city water utility, such as water condensed from the atmosphere by air conditioners or collected from rain or snow, may be used without restriction.

For tips on water conservation at home use this link: https://rwrwa.org/conservation-tips/