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Watering restrictions in place, same odd-even format

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opinion Fargo, 58102
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

It's time to pay more attention to your water usage.

Like any other year, with the hot, humid temperatures and dry ground conditions comes the enactment of city watering restrictions in an effort to reduce daily demands so the city's water supply remains adequate.

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As residents have been aware of in the past, simply stated - even numbered addresses are to water on even-numbered days, while odd-numbered addresses water on odd-numbered days.

To go along with the even-odd system another request is that residents not water between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with any other time definitely okay.

Public Works director Barry Johnson said that watering during this time frame is usually futile any way because when it's as hot, windy and dry as it has been the past several weeks most of the water evaporates before it hits the ground, only wasting valuable water resources.

This method seems to be one city residents are familiar with and has been working extremely well each year.

"West Fargo residents have been excellent in adhering to the restrictions over the years," Johnson stated. "They have been really good about complying so we haven't had to go to any type of enforcement phase."

He said the restrictions will be in place most of the summer, depending upon weather condition changes, noting the process works well in reducing daily water demands, which have really spiked lately with the 90 degree temperatures.

Crews are also presently working on refurbishing one of the city wells, which isn't providing water in the meantime which also makes a difference with daily water supply available.

Johnson said the goal is not to penalize any one, only to make sure the city water supply is being use more cautiously and efficiently during the next couple of months when the usage typically will be greater.

Anyone with any questions or seeking more information is encouraged to contact the public works department at 701-433-5400.

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