by Dennis Dalman
A full water ban in Sartell might have to be implemented Aug. 9 if the city fails to meet the Department of Natural Resources’ requirements.
In the meantime, residents and businesses are urged to follow current water-restrictive guidelines in the seemingly endless season of drought.
The following restrictions are already in place and must be followed to avoid a possible citation:
For people who live in even house numbers (example: 132 Sunburst Avenue) are allowed to water in yards for up to one hour between the hours of 9 p.m.-3 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
For people in odd-house numbers (example: 133 Sunburst Avenue), they can water for up to one hour between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
In addition, the DNR is recommending the elimination of any non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power-washing buildings, washing vehicles and filling swimming pools.
The city’s splash pad in Watab Park will be open only from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
After week’s of heat, lack of rain and serious drought conditions, the water restrictions are necessary to safeguard the amount of water supply and to ensure safety against fires.
The water restrictions in place have now, as of July 27, become requirements with citations issued for violators.
Residents and businesses can apply for a watering exemption at Sartell City Hall. All applications will be sent to the Public Works director for final inspection and approval. Please allow 48 hours for the exemption to be delivered to your residence.
If anyone has any questions, they can contact Public Works Director John Kothenbeutel at: email@example.com.