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Ellsworth bans outdoor watering

POSTED: July 23, 2012 7:00 a.m.

For the first time in recent memory, the City of Ellsworth is under a water emergency.
The emergency, which becomes official this week, bans outdoor watering and the waste of water is prohibited.
Violations can carry a fine of as much as $500 and a 30-day jail sentence. Notices were to go out this week, notifying city water customers of the order.

 City officials said they have no control over private wells; however, they are asking owners to practice conservation voluntarily during the drought.
The city has been under voluntary restrictions off and on for months as streamflows in the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth fell below state-mandated levels. Two of the city’s seven wells were shut down as a result.
However, as temperatures continue to soar above the century mark and no rain falls, the aquifer from which Ellsworth draws its water drops.
Pick up a copy of the July 26, 2012, edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for more on this story.

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