WEST FARGO — Like Fargo, West Fargo residents are now asked to restrict when they water their lawns due to the current drought conditions.

The West Fargo City Commission approved implementing water restrictions at its Monday, Aug. 2 meeting as part of its consent agenda.

Residents are asked to restrict watering their lawns or gardens on odd or even days that match their house number.

"For example, today is Aug. 2, so if your house number ends in an even number, you can water today but not tomorrow," City Administrator Tina Fisk said.

The regulations include:

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  • Retail and commercial vehicle washing facilities are encouraged to engage in voluntary water restriction efforts.
  • Construction projects must engage in mandatory hydrant meter use.
  • Voluntary compliance with odd/even outdoor watering for residential gardens.
  • Voluntary 1-day per week lawn watering restrictions for residential, commercial and industrial purposes.

In an odd/even water restriction, properties with an odd-numbered address may use water as normal on odd-numbered dates, while even-numbered addresses may use water as normal on even-numbered dates. There are no restrictions on essential water uses such as shower, laundry or toilet usage.

West Fargo decided it would implement the rules following those instilled by the Fargo City Commission at its July 26 meeting as West Fargo purchases its water from Fargo.

"When we agreed to get water from the city of Fargo, we agreed to their drought and water ordinances," Fisk said.

Commissioner Mark Simmons said the city has placed similar restrictions on outdoor watering in times of drought in the past. "This is nothing new, even if it were our water, we would do it in a drought," he said.

Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead are now all using the odd-even restriction system.

Fisk said the residents are asked to comply with the restrictions to save water, although there are no fines or penalties involved.

"It would have to be complaint driven, we don't have the resources to enforce this," Fisk.

Fargo has moved into Phase 2 or the Advisory phase of Fargo’s Drought Response Plan, which goes into effect in times of lower than normal precipitation and declining stream flows, where there is a possibility for supply shortage or disruption to water infrastructure.

Construction companies using city hydrants for their projects must use devices that measure the amount of water they use, as well to ensure each site does not engage in excessive water consumption.