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West Fargo institutes weeklong watering ban

File photo of water tower on south Sheyenne Street in West Fargo, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

The ban covers all lawns except newly sodded ones, which can be watered daily except from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Recent high heat raised water usage to 4.1 million gallons on Thursday compared to an average use of 2.1 million gallons, and one of the city’s seven wells is offline, said Chris Brungardt, public works director.

“We’re experiencing very high demand for our water,” he said.

Water tower levels have dropped 8 feet in the past five days.

“I felt uncomfortable enough … that we should reserve that water that’s in there for fire protection,” Brungardt said.

The ban will be lifted next week when the offline well becomes operational. The even-odd watering policy, which allows residents with even-numbered street addresses to water on even dates and those with odd-numbered addresses to water on odd dates, will go back into effect.

Troy Hall, water utility director for the city of Fargo, said there is no need for a watering ban in Fargo, which draws its water from the Red River and the Sheyenne River.

“In terms of supply, there’s no issues on this end,” Hall said.

An official for Moorhead Public Service, which mainly draws river water, said it has no need for a ban.

Fargo and Moorhead have voluntary even-odd watering restrictions to promote conservation.

Brungardt said residents can still water their garden during the ban.

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Adrian Glass-Moore at (701) 241-5599

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