Water System

Mandatory Water Restrictions

The Water Treatment Division and the Rawlins Fire Department need our entire community’s help now to conserve water. It is essential to work together now to guarantee that we have enough water for household uses and to ensure fire suppression can be met.

For water restrictions, our current plan before fines are issued, is to provide notice by distributing warnings printed on yellow paper and placed in doorjambs or given in person. If you receive a yellow notice, please take it seriously and reduce your water use. Fines may be given after the notice is provided.

There is no immediate plan to bill a surcharge for going over 6,000 gallons/month. If a surcharge is added, it will not will not be started without notice via our website and the amount allowed monthly will be set at more than 6,000/month.

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Mandatory Water Schedule 7.20.21 Image


The current water demand is above 3.5 million gallons per day, and our system cannot meet this demand, especially with the decreased water supply from the springs. This has been complicated due to infrastructure issues at our water sources and at the treatment plant. We are enacting mandatory water restrictions throughout our community to help guarantee enough water is available for fire protection, drinking and other household uses.

These water restrictions include:

  • Only water on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Only water during the cooler hours - no watering is allowed between 10am and 6pm. Do not water at all on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • Do not allow water to run onto or pool in gutters, streets, and sidewalks.
  • Washing parking lots, sidewalks or driveways with a hose is prohibited except for construction, safety, and health reasons.

We have reached “Level D” from our water use management as defined in Rawlins Municipal Code 13.10. This code does allow for greater restrictions to be placed, but we hope that these moderate measures will be enough to guarantee enough clean water for our community. Fines can be given of up to $750 and higher water rates may be charged to users of more than 6,000 gallons per month. 

What is the city doing? How does this impact the golf course, parks and the cemetery? 

All city facilities which are supplied by treated water, including all parks and the cemetery, are at under 50% of their typical watering schedule which may lead to dry and uncomfortable grass. Rochelle Ranch Golf Course is watered completely by raw, untreated water directly by from the North Platte River and does not impact our treated water. 

What about our Platte River Water Rights?

We use our Platte River water rights to water Rochelle Ranch Golf Course and to fill reservoirs when spring water is not available. However, the raw river water must settle before it can be cleaned for community use. Although our pretreatment plant does make this process more accessible, it is currently out of service and expected to be brought back online in late 2021. We are also funding the installation of a raw river water line to the cemetery through the 2019 Specific Purpose Tax.

While watering restrictions are in place, we are using raw river water for our trees and other additional watering in parks and the cemetery.

The City of Rawlins sells a portion of our water rights to the Wyoming Department of Transportation for industrial and construction work. We sell up to 10 million gallons of raw water per year directly from the Platte River. This has no impact on our current demand for treated water.

Water Update as Presented to City Council on July 20, 2021 

Here is the edited version of the water report as presented to City Council by Mark Carney, Public Works Director. The full meeting can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=229189945721729&ref=watch_permalink  The agenda and all packet items can be viewed at https://go.boarddocs.com/wy/rawlins/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BUFM9R59F218 If you are having trouble with the video embedded below, it can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwKe8W7Ib2g

Want to find your current water usage? 

Login to your account at https://www.xpressbillpay.com If you do not have an account, one can be created by clicking sign up. You will need to create an account and have your water bill with your account number. 

Once logged in, you can see the total usage in hundreds of gallons due to our software functionality. Add two zeros to total usage for the total number of gallons used in the current month.Water Useage Example


Want more info?

Call the City Hall at 307-328-4500. 

Bigfoot 99 has also been extensively covering these issues. You can listen the 2021 stories for free at https://bigfoot99.com/bigfoot99-news/mandatory-water-restrictions-in-place-in-rawlins/