Prairie City officials continue to ask residents not to use city water outside of their homes.
After lightning damaged the electronics controlling the city’s water system June 26, the city has experienced a water shortage. Officials have requested water be reserved for emergency services if a fire occurs. Residents are encouraged not to use water on lawns, to fill pools or to wash cars.
The Prairie City City Council Aug. 9 authorized Mayor Jim Hamsher to declare a state of emergency regarding the water supply, if and when it is needed and the councilors are unavailable for a meeting.
With the help of the community’s preservation efforts, officials hope to life the water restrictions soon, according to City Recorder Taci Philbrook.