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Sioux Center Issues Water Warning

Sioux Center, Iowa — The combination of one well being out of commission and dry conditions have teamed up to cause the City of Sioux Center to issue mandatory water restrictions.

The City of Sioux Center has elevated the water conservation level to what they call a Water Warning. Previously, conservation was voluntary, but this level prohibits using water outside of set times and purposes.

Sioux Center officials say that the purpose of the Water Warning is to decrease the demand on the local water system and aquifers, allowing them to adequately supply water needs. If water demand continues to exceed system capabilities, Sioux Center officials tell us they will need to declare a Water Emergency with further restrictions.

Under a Water Warning,

· Sioux Center Municipal Utilities water customers must limit lawn irrigation to once per week, not to exceed one inch of application. Customers should choose their day to water based on the last digit of their property address: 1-Monday; 2-Tuesday; 3-Wednesday; 4-Thursday, 5-6 Friday; 7-8-Saturday; 9-0 Sunday.
· Other outdoor watering of any kind is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
· For flower and vegetable gardens, trees, and shrubs less than 4 years old, and new seeding or sod started before the issuance of warning:  watering is permitted twice per week, with an application not to exceed 1 inch per application.
· Car washing is prohibited except in commercial establishments that provide that service.
· No water shall be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, reflecting pools, or any other outdoor pool or pond.
· No washing of streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, or building exteriors.
· Water from private wells or reclaimed or recycled after some other primary use, may be used without restriction

Customers who do not follow these restrictions will first receive a written warning, and then can be charged a surcharge of up to 50 percent of the previous month’s water bill. If they persist in not following the Water Warning restrictions, their water service could be interrupted temporarily.

The full section of code relating to water conservation is available at www.siouxcenter.org/waterplan.

Assistant Utility Manager Adam Fedders says thanks to the residents for limiting water usage. He says this will help Sioux Center avoid entering a Water Emergency. He also says, “Please continue to pray for rain.”

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