Storm Lake Declares Voluntary Water Conservation Emergency

The City of Storm Lake has declared a Level 2 Voluntary Water Conservation Emergency.

The declaration is in response to significant increased daily water and extended weather forecasts calling for hot, dry conditions. Daily water use exceeded four million gallons daily earlier this week. The conservation measures are now in effect, and are outlined in the City’s Water Conservation Plan that was recently adopted by the city council.

The Water Conservation Plan is required by the State of Iowa, and limits maximum water use that can take place in a community. Storm Lake’s Level 2 declaration will minimize flushing of hydrants, streets, and sewers. Watering will be reduced on city properties including the golf course and ballfields, and watering of city plantings will not take place during the hotter periods of the day.

Storm Lake residents are asked to minimize vehicle washing. If washing is necessary, use a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle, and wash vehicles on lawns so water isn’t wasted on concrete. Lawns and flower beds should not be watered between 10am and 5pm. Permits will be needed for outdoor swimming pools, and they should only be filled between 8pm and 8am. Lawn watering should not take place during rain or high wind conditions, and power washing of sidewalks, buildings, and driveways should be minimized. Contact Storm Lake City Hall for more information.

City officials hope that voluntary cooperation will help ensure that there will continue to be an adequate supply of water for everyone, with the necessary reserve for fire suppression.

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