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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Water Conservation Update

City Staff have received many questions regarding the water situation, so we are providing this update to you. As the situation can change day-to-day, we will try to periodically post those changes.

Water Conservation Update:

City Staff have received many questions regarding the water situation, so we are providing this update to you. As the situation can change day-to-day, we will try to periodically post those changes. Since the City requested the voluntary phase of conservation on January 16th and mandatory outdoor watering restrictions on May 7th, we have seen a reduction in overall water usage. While we are not out of the woods by any means, we should not be in “panic” mode at this time. The City has plans in place that we think will get us through this dry cycle IF we get cooperation from water users and all of us continue to conserve water. We have NO plans to shut down any businesses in town, but again, we ask them and all users to manage water use wisely and do not use water for unnecessary things. We should be able to get through this cycle if we follow the rules. If our supplies of raw water continue to deplete, we have a plan to pump water from Pony Express reservoir to our Grindstone reservoir. This will be costly to our water users, because of the pumping, piping, design, staffing and field work involved in laying several miles of pipeline (estimate $250,000). This cost may result in a temporary surcharge for water consumption while the emergency line is being used. We are investigating whether a partial grant is possible, as well. The Conservation Dept. has given us approval to pump a limited amount of water for a period of time that should get us into late fall. That is the time when we normally see more rainfall than in the drier months of July and August. Before we are allowed to pump this water, we must be in the Emergency phase of our conservation ordinance. We are not to that point yet, and we may get enough rain to remain in the current Alert phase. Cooperation from all water users is key. Many good people are helping do their part by not wasting water. That doesn’t mean that some of us don’t need to help and let them carry the ball. We all need to be aware water right now is not in plentiful supply, but it can be managed if we all help by doing our part. The more we conserve and any rain we get, the longer we delay a possible Emergency declaration and the closer we get to seasonal rains. For the long-term solution, the Great Northwest Wholesale Water Commission expects the permanent water line from St. Joseph to Cameron (Stewartsville & Maysville) to be in place by the end of 2020.

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