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UPDATE: West Fargo Watering Ban Remains In Place, Appears To Be Working

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Some good news on the West Fargo water front.

Public Works Director Chris Brungardt says the tanks are full and the city’s watering ban is working.

What's more, Brungardt tells Valley News Live if things continue as they are, the watering ban will likely be lifted by the end of the week.

West Fargo banned all watering Friday, after the levels in the water tower were dropping at a rate of a-foot-a-day.

Brungardt and other city officials were concerned about adequate supplies, particularly for fire protection.

ORIGINAL STORY:

WEST FARGO, N. D. -- You don't want to be reaching for the hose this weekend as West Fargo police will be enforcing a water ban for the next seven days."Initially it will be a warning, however the city may choose to shut off somebody's water if they refuse to follow the ban," said West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan.

This decision came from West Fargo Public Works after watching the water tower levels drop almost a foot a day. 

"All that water is going on people's lawns," said West Fargo Public Works Director Chris Brungardt. "The sad fact of the matter is, I think if people would have followed our even-odd water restrictions we would not have this problem now." 

Officials told Valley News Live it's just bad timing.

"There is some repair and maintenance on some wells and they are shut off during this time period," said Chief Reitan.

With one of the wells under construction, the city can only pump 4.1 million gallons of water. That shorts the city 300,000 gallons a day.

"Because, the volume of water that was being used within the city was more than what was being produced by the wells," Chief Reitan tolf us.

Since the pumping capacity of the wells is lower than normal, officials aren't taking any chance. Their first priority is providing drinking and household water. And, in the case of fire, crews need access to water, lots of it. 

The water ban does allow residents with new sod and seed lawns to water daily, but not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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