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Ask Mr. Answer Person: "Is a restriction on watering lawns needed?"

Posted: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 8:00 AM
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"A Concerned Citizen" e-mails Mr. Answer Person: "Has the City of Decorah talked about the possibility of water restrictions, such as restricted watering of yards?  Those of us in the country just let nature take its course.  I know a brown lawn in not pretty, but it will grow back once it does ran.  I also know how some city folk must have a perfect lawn, even if it is a waste of precious water."

Mr. Answer Person says: "I'm not sure which lawns in the city you've been looking at, because those around my house look just as brown as those in the country.

But the question you're really asking is "Does the City of Decorah have enough water capacity to handle the increase in demand for water during the heat wave?"  Here are some figures to show you that the answer is "Yes."

In June the City Water Department pumped over 35 million gallons of water.  A normal spring day has a demand of around 1 million gallons.  But when the heat arrived, Luther College began using its coolers that use water to cool buildings on campus.  This and other increased usages of water resulted in a jump to 1.5 million gallons on an average day.

That's a lot of water--but Water Department workers have done a little calculating and have determined that they could pump up to 2.6 million gallons of water in one day.

That doesn't mean you should run out and leave your sprinkler on all day.  But it does mean that the City of Decorah has plenty of capacity in its water system and the Water Department is able to handle the increased demand that comes during a heat wave.

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