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July 20, 2017 11:00 AM

Voluntary Water Restriction

The City of Le Mars Water Department Staff is requesting that starting on Thursday the 20th of July 2017 voluntary water restrictions be put in place until further notice. The near future forecast looks hot and dry. Also with the fair best five days of summer coming soon this alone adds to the peak demands. It would be helpful if the community would go to odd and even watering, this may be implemented mandatory in the near future. Below are some suggestions in our stage 1 conservation plan.

STAGE I: Water usage has been and there is an indication that without wise usage of water, a shortage could occur.
1. Conscientious use of water will be encouraged as described below: a) Water lawns early in the morning, prior to 6:00 a.m., to take advantage of the coolest times when the evaporation rate is less. Irrigating in the evening may result in potential fungus development on the lawn. b) Check the interior plumbing for faucet or toilet leaks, and make the necessary repairs. To detect potential leaks, listen for trickles of water or frequent water valve operations. c) Clean outside surfaces such as patios, driveways, and sidewalks using a broom rather than a hose. d) Wash vehicles with a bucket and hose that has a shut off nozzle, rather than continuously running a hose. e) Fill sinks with water for tasks such as washing dishes, preparing food, brushing teeth, and shaving rather than leaving water running. f) Suggest installing water saving devices in showers. g) Use automatic dishwashers and washing machines with only full loads whenever possible. h) Store a container of drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running water from the faucet to cool it. i) Encourage wise use of water during outdoor play, e.g., playing in the sprinkler, water toys, and swimming pools. j) Encourage shorter shower times, or bathe in partially full bathtubs. k) Refrain from using the toilet as a wastebasket or ashtray.

2. Suspend Le Mars hydrant flushing program.

3. Request City officials to minimize water usage activities such as street flushing and watering golf courses. Be sure that all other activities are suspended before an emphasis is placed on golf courses.

4. After 5 days or less, if the maximum day water consumption has not been reduced by 10%, and there is still an indication that a water shortage could occur, proceed to Stage II.

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