By Lynne Beauchamp, firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Dexter is exceeding its normal water use this summer and will be referring to its mandatory outdoor watering restrictions.
This information comes from City of Dexter Public Services Superintendent, Dan Schlaff who told city council members during the regular council meeting on July 9. The water usage the previous day measured 936,000 gallons used. He added that the normal daily use is between 350,000-400,000 gallons per day.
“We are going to have to step this up further [in enforcing water restrictions],” Schlaff told council. “We are hitting that threshold where we don’t want to be.”
Schlaff later said it has been determined the city’s aquifer system is capable of handling up to 800,000 gallons per day. Exceeding that amount could cause the system to not replenish in time resulting in a temporary or permanent loss of water.
Partly to blame is a recent dry spell and the overuse of watering on yards. The city will be referring to its mandatory outdoor watering restrictions. With this, outdoor watering is prohibited between 6am- 10am. Outdoor watering is permitted on odd number days for odd numbered addresses and even numbered days for even numbered addresses. A fine of up to $500 could be imposed to those who do not abide by these restrictions.
The City of Dexter also wants its water users to know that due to the over usage of water along with construction and the opening and closing of water valves, the city’s water system has been disturbed more than in previous summers. Residents may notice a yellow brownish color in the water and, officials explain, it is minerals in the water mains and valves. If experiencing water discoloration, run cold water at full flow in a tub or shower for 15-20 minutes. If the problem continues contact Dexter City Water Department at 734-426-4572.