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The Latest on the Water Watch for Sheldon and Area Towns

Sheldon, Iowa — Several towns around the area have issued water conservation guidelines in recent days, and Thursday morning Sheldon joined that effort, issuing a “Water Watch” for users of the Sheldon Water System.

Sheldon Public Works Director Todd Uhl says they’ve been monitoring the City’s wells and decided that now was the time to issue the Water Watch.

Uhl says water usage in Sheldon has increased dramatically.

He says they’ve also seen an increase in water use during certain hours of the day.

Uhl stressed he’s NOT saying that people can’t water their lawns. At least, not yet.

He says he’s hopeful that mandatory restrictions can be avoided.

Under a Water Watch, all customers of the municipal water service are encouraged to limit or curtail all nonessential uses of water in order to conserve precious water resources during the time of shortage.  Customers may be encouraged to comply with the following voluntary standards:

1.      No watering of lawns, shrubs or gardens between the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) a.m. and eight-thirty o’clock (8:30) p.m.

2.      No water should be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, reflecting pools or any other outdoor pool or pond.

3.      No water should be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors.

4.      No water should be used for nonessential cleaning of commercial and industrial equipment, machinery, and interior spaces.

5.      Water should be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer.

The situation has been caused by a lack of rain during the long drought, combined with the recent hot temperatures that have increased water usage.

Sheldon City officials are thanking people in advance for their cooperation during this Water Watch.

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Original story posted at 9:58am, Thursday June 10, 2021

Sheldon, Iowa — Due to recent dry conditions, the City of Sheldon has instituted a “Water Watch,” which goes into effect immediately.

According to the Sheldon City Code:

Under a Water Watch, all customers of the municipal water service are encouraged to limit or curtail all nonessential uses of water in order to conserve precious water resources during the time of shortage.  Customers may be encouraged to comply with the following voluntary standards:

1.      No watering of lawns, shrubs or gardens between the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) a.m. and eight-thirty o’clock (8:30) p.m.

2.      No water should be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, reflecting pools or any other outdoor pool or pond.

3.      No water should be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors.

4.      No water should be used for nonessential cleaning of commercial and industrial equipment, machinery, and interior spaces.

5.      Water should be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer.

We’ll have more information from Public Works Director Todd Uhl later this morning.

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