City of Burnsville lifts water restrictions

The City of Burnsville today lifted the odd-even water restrictions and ban on outdoor watering between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

BURNSVILLE, Minn., July 24, 2001 -- The City of Burnsville today lifted the odd-even water restrictions and ban on outdoor watering between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

``We thank our many residents and business customers who helped us meet the challenge by reducing consumption during this dry period by about 2 million gallons a day,'' commented Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. ``The City is a firm believer in water conservation policies that protect both natural resources and the public's investment in the water system, and we appreciate the public's willingness to comply with our policy at times of need.''

During the two-week period when the water restrictions were in place, the water system delivered approximately 20 million gallons of water per day. City staff and equipment worked around the clock to fill reservoirs and correct numerous equipment issues -- repairing wells and pumps -- to keep the water flowing. Burnsville's water supply originates from ground water sources and is delivered to customers through a system that includes 300 miles of waterlines, three water towers, two underground reservoirs and a water treatment facility.

Burnsville enacted water restrictions in accordance with city policy 5.145 on Tuesday, June 10, and extended them one week on Tuesday, June 17. The restrictions were put in place due to a combination of factors including a prolonged dry period with extended high temperatures which reduced city water reserves. Burnsville last enacted water restrictions in 1998, at which time the current policy was enacted.

SOURCE: City of Burnsville

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