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City of Minot ends mandatory restriction on outdoor water usage

The City of Minot has ended a week-long mandatory water restriction of outdoor water use, including any lawn watering, car washing, or other uses.

Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson said repairs have been made to City wells that were not working last week; two of the repaired wells are back online, with the remaining two wells expected to begin providing normal levels of raw water early next week.

“We appreciate the public’s assistance in lowering our overall water usage while these wells were offline and undergoing repairs,” Sorenson said. “Because of the lower demand for water, we were able to refill our reservoirs to ensure the integrity of our overall system and make sure we had enough water in reserve in case there was a large fire in our community.”

Even with the treatment plant operating at normal levels again soon, Sorenson is asking residents to continue monitoring their outdoor water usage and follow the City ordinance that allows homes with even numbers to water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and those with odd numbers to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

“We’re ending the mandatory restriction on outdoor watering, but we hope the public remains vigilant about using water appropriately,” Sorenson said. “Summer is always our peak usage time, and while we want residents to enjoy their lawns, gardens, and pools, we also want to ensure we don’t need to enact restrictions again.”

Besides the city of Minot, other users of Minot water include rural water systems, Minot Air Force Base and those communities that receive water through the Northwest Area Water Supply system, including Kenmare, Berthold and Mohall.

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