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Watering ban expected to be lifted by Thursday

The city engineer plans to lift a citywide water ban today or Thursday after water reserves dropped drastically last week.

Residents were asked on Friday to refrain from watering all lawns except newly sodded ones after water usage shot up and water tower reserves dropped.

On Monday, Public Works Director Chris Brungardt said the city’s wells and tower levels had returned to normal over the weekend and he expected the ban to be lifted at the latest on Thursday.

The levels dipped after last week’s high heat shot usage up to 4.1 million gallons in one day compared to the average use of 2.1 million gallons per day.

With one of the seven wells offline to replace a well head, a routine repair, water tower levels dropped 8 feet in five days.

Brungardt said the seventh well was expected to be back online this week.

“Then we will go back to the even-odd watering policy,” he said.

West Fargo asks that residents with even-numbered street addresses water on even dates and those with odd-numbered addresses water on odd dates.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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