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Posted on: June 25, 2021

SCMU Asks All to Help in Water Watch

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Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is extending the Water Watch and continues to ask everyone to limit water use and help reduce the strain on the Sioux Center water system and local aquifers.

In a Water Watch, SCMU’s water customers are asked to limit lawn irrigation and outdoor watering to 2 times per week, only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Residential and commercial customers are asked to choose days to water based on their address, with even address/house numbers only watering on an even-numbered calendar day, and odd address/house numbers only watering on an odd-numbered calendar day. 

Sioux Center is on pace for a record June for water use, according to Water Department Head Harlan Kruid.

“Thanks to everyone who is limiting their irrigation and watering with the Water Watch – we are seeing the impact, but we need to do more. We need everyone’s help,” Kruid said. “If  our aquifers are not able to be replenished and we don’t get rain, we are going to have to look at additional measures this summer.”

Further limitations could extend to include a ban on irrigation.

Iowa State University offers helpful information on lawn and garden irrigation during a drought online here.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities provides quality water drawn from local aquifers, treated to exceed all federal and state standards, to 2,934 accounts in the community.

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