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Prairie City declares water emergency

Only ‘essential use’ allowed.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 7, 2018 4:40PM


Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher has declared a water supply emergency with mandatory restrictions on water use.

Prairie City Municipal Code authorizes the city to limit water usage to “essential use” — consumption, sanitation and fire emergencies — only, according to an Aug. 6 statement from Hamsher.

“All use of water for other purposes is prohibited at all times during this emergency,” Hamsher said. “That includes but is not limited to: all irrigation; washing vehicles, sidewalks or other hard surface areas and structures; filling or refilling pools, ponds or storage tanks.”

Continued use of city water for non-essential purposes will result in citations, he said.



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