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No Complete Watering Ban In Sioux Falls

October 1, 2012, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

No Complete Watering Ban In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Even though water levels continue to drop on the Big Sioux River, Sioux Falls city officials say they will not issue a complete watering ban. 

Right now, the water is flowing through the river gauge near Dell Rapids at 30 cubic feet per second. Originally the city had said if it fell to 20 cfs, it would implement a total water ban, but city officials say they'll no longer have to do that.

Right now, Sioux Falls homeowners can only water their lawns once a week, and that's the way it's going to stay. 

"I can't really tell you how much," Richard Lundin aid.

Lundin has spent a lot of money on his lawn this year.  He had it reseeded because it died the year before.  But Lundin thinks it's time to blowout his sprinkler system and stop watering.

"Now it'll go dormant.  I don't know why they are worrying about it so much, because most people are letting it go now.  It's too late in the season.  Keep it moist; once a week is probably enough," Lundin said. 

Trent Lubbers with Sioux Falls Public Works says despite no rain and a lack of water in the Big Sioux River, the city is going to be okay. 

"We're very comfortable with the water levels as far as meeting our essential demand.  The aquifer is full and we can tell that because the river is running.  We have Lewis and Clark as an additional source, so we're very comfortable providing water for those essential needs," Lubbers said.

But Lubbers says if we have a dry winter, the city might have to implement similar watering restrictions next spring.

"We will look at the water resources we have and will monitor that well and implement that watering structure as necessary, depending on the water we have," Lubbers said.

The city normally uses 17 million gallons of water a day. But this past July, because it was so hot and dry, the city was using 45 million gallons.

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