A second filter has gone down at the Storm Lake Water Treatment Facility, causing city leaders to declare a state of emergency.
Filter #1 failed at approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. Already the city is dealing with the loss of the #4 filter. The loss of this filter on Thursday has resulted in an additional loss in available water capacity for the city, according to City Administrator John Call.
City leaders have been in contact with the major water users in the city and have ordered them to stop operations. Plans are underway for a complete shut down of their plant operations until repairs can be made.
IBP and Bil-Mar have told some employees not to come to work on Friday and Saturday.
City officials are asking users of the Storm Lake water system to reduce water consumption to minimum needs immediately. This includes any indoor uses of water that are not immediately necessary.
The following new conservation efforts are now in effect:
* All car washing is banned, including commercial car washes.
* All exemptions given for the prior conservation measures are no longer valid.
* Outdoor watering is banned completely for all residential, commercial and industrial users. (Citizens may still water flowers and shrubs with watering cans and sprinkling cans.)
* The city also asks users to reduce indoor water usage as much as possible.
These measures are in effect for all users of the Storm Lake water system, including residents in Lakeside, Bel Aire, Stoney Point, Truesdale, South Shore and Lake Creek.
More information will be available in Saturday's Pilot-Tribune.