Storm Lake city officials have declared mandatory water conservation measures for all residents.
The water ban is as follows:
* Residential customers may water their yards, plants, or other outdoor vegetation between 5 a.m.- 9 a.m. only.
* Commercial and industrial customers may water their yards, plants, or other outdoor vegetation between the hours of 2 a.m.-6 a.m. only.
The mandate follows an attempt at voluntary conser-vation methods over the past week and a half. High water usage in the hot and dry conditions continues to strain the system. The Storm Lake Water Treatment facility has a capacity for 4.2 million gallons of water a day. However, current usage is taxing the system with a peak of 4.8 million gallons of water a day.
Higher levels of hardness in the water, increased stress on the filters and pumps, and an inability to maintain fire safety levels in the water towers can result from continued stress on the system.
These Water Conservation measures apply to all City of Storm Lake water users, including users in Lakeside, Lake Creek, Truesdale, Casino Beach, Stoney Point, South Shore, and Bel Air.
The City of Storm Lake will cut back water usage by 25% in the Parks during this mandatory water conservation period.
Violation of this mandatory water conservation is a municipal infraction, with fines up to $ 200 per violation. For questions, call 732-8002.