BRANDON, SD -
People in Brandon have been using more water lately. The city now says it's time to cut back.
Like homeowners across South Dakota, Skip Jensen hopes this year's drought doesn't have a lasting effect in his yard.
"I don't want my lawn to completely dry out. Last year it, last year it was so dry, my lawn in the spring was dead. I mean it was actually completely dead, it wasn't dormant; it was dead." Jensen said.
Brandon City Administrator Bryan Read says it's still ok to water, just not everyday.
"Our water treatment facility is pumping at 85, 90 percent plus capacity on a daily basis and we'd like to back that down a little so it gives us some time to increase our storage capacity," Read said.
To do that, the city is asking residents to water their lawns and gardens at night, odd number houses on odd days, even number houses on even days. The city is also asking people not to wash vehicles at home or fill swimming pools or fountains that don't have a recirculation system.
"So nothing to outrageous yet but we hope that we can get some good compliance," Read said.
The restrictions are voluntary but Read says Brandon residents are usually very good at heeding the warning.
"I guess it makes a lot of sense since we don't, you know, it's been forever since we've had rain and I can understand the water usage," Brandon homeowner Skip Jensen said.
By following the restrictions, residents can ensure that there's enough water to fight a fire if one breaks out. But a little help from Mother Nature would always help.
"Hopefully well get some rain here shortly. The clouds always get dark but don't rain," Jensen said.
If water usage doesn't decrease, Read says the city will make them mandatory.
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