Rapid City water restrictions begin Monday
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Rapid City water restrictions begin Monday

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This display of gallon jugs at the Mountain View Treatment Plant was constructed in the 1990's, showing average daily water use of Rapid City residents. At that time, the average daily use was 168 gallons per person. With water conservation measures, the average daily use is now about 106 gallons per person.

As the calendar flips to June, it's time for Rapid City residents to work water conservation measures into their home lawn and garden maintenance schedule.

Rapid City's annual mandatory water conservation measures go into effect June 1.

Beginning Monday, no watering is allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Odd-numbered addresses are allowed to water on odd-numbered calendar days. Even-numbered addresses are allowed to water on even-numbered calendar days. No outside watering is allowed on the 31st day of any month.

Manual watering with a handheld hose or with a bucket, sprinkling can or other similar container is allowed.

Since the 1990s, the city of Rapid City has instituted mandatory water conservation measures. The purpose is to maintain a conservation philosophy among residents. Water conservation measures are utilized June 1-Aug. 31 each year under normal status conditions. Status conditions include normal, concern, alert and critical stages and are determined by the water levels and inflows to Pactola Reservoir.

"Water conservation is important for every community and has been part of our City's water conservation plan since the 1990s," said Jeff Crockett, Rapid City Water Superintendent. "Water conservation has greatly impacted the community's daily use of water. Maintaining water conservation measures and keeping residents educated about the importance of water conservation practices is extremely important.

"Conditions can change from one year to the next and even within a short time during a particular season of the year."

For more information, contact the Rapid City Water Office at 394-4162.

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