Wednesday, June 9, 2021
West Central Iowa Rural Water Association requesting conservation measures
The following is a letter sent to customers of the West Central Iowa Rural Water Association
As you are aware, we are seeing a prolonged drought that began last year and has continued, which has resulted in a decrease in the well levels of WCIRWA's well fields plus there is an increased demand. To proactively address the decrease in these water levels and the increase in demand and to maintain a satisfactory water supply, we are requesting voluntary water conservation measures.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, we are asking everyone to do their part in following guidelines listed below to prevent more restrictive or mandatory measures.
• Use private wells if available; even out demand by utilizing storage tanks to fill at a lesser rate over a longer period of time, then transfer to equipment; and filling tanks during off peak time from 9 pm to 6 am.
• No watering of lawns.
• No water should be used to fill private swimming pools, children's wading pools, reflecting pools or any other outdoor pool or pond.
• No water should be used for nonessential cleaning of commercial and industrial equipment, machinery, and interior spaces.
• No water shall be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors.
• Water should be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer.
• Install water saving devices on faucets and shower-heads, also take shorter showers and lower levels of water in tubs.
• Do only full loads of laundry and fill dishwasher completely before operating.
• Refrain from washing vehicles.
Additional, more-restrictive conservation conditions may be declared depending on the recovery rate of the wells.
Priority of usage if additional measures are needed will be:
1: Human Consumption
2: Livestock consumption
3: Ag use for spraying
Hopefully the drought will not linger and water operations can return to normal.
Please call 712-655-2534 or 888-844-2614 if you have any questions or comments and thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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