Storm Lake introduces mandatory water use restrictions

STORM LAKE, Iowa (KCAU) – Storm Lake City Council has acted to impose partially mandatory water use restrictions.

The city council made the decision on Friday due to high water consumption during an extended period of hot and dry weather.

The city issued a statement saying an immediate reduction is needed to allow the water towers to refill and ensure there is enough water available for firefighters.

In the event of violations, a reminder will be issued.

Restrictions are listed below:

Restrictions for July 2nd and 3rd

  • Watering lawns, trees, etc. on residential or commercial properties is not permitted at any time.
  • If necessary, flower beds and vegetable gardens can be watered using a watering can or a hose with a nozzle for direct water spraying.
  • Washing with high-pressure cleaners or hosing down driveways is not permitted.
  • Pool refilling is not permitted.

From July 4th

  • No watering of lawns or trees on Tuesdays and Thursdays (last days of highest usage) until further notice.
  • Lawns and trees may be watered ONLY off-peak on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends from 9am to 6pm
  • Do not sow or sow lawns until September 30 or otherwise, as the lawn irrigation required to start new grass cannot be performed.
  • If pressure washing is required, call City Hall at 732-8000 to inquire about a off-peak period.
  • City officials noted appeals for volunteers to conserve water over the past two weeks have failed to mitigate high demand. Water usage in the city is nearly 5 million gallons per day, versus the normal usage of about 3.5 million gallons. With one of the city’s wells down for an extended period of time for repairs and the treatment plant running at full capacity, the system is at its maximum water production as permitted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“We know that Storm Lake is not alone in this situation – the entire Northwest Iowa region has been affected. Our community is one of the last to be subject to restrictions,” said City Manager Keri Navratil. “We want to make sure there is enough water available for human consumption.”

Residents of Lakeside, Lake Creek, Truesdale and Casino Beach, where Storm Lake municipal water is under contract, are also being asked to follow the restrictions.

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