"We are making this request in an attempt to avoid more severe action at a later date," Conley explains. "This is not a crisis situation but with responsible conservation on the part of Le Mars residents, we will get through this adjustment period without resorting to water rationing."
Currently only two of Le Mars' four high service pumps can operate on automatic. The two new wells cannot at this time.
The Le Mars Water Department offers ten steps you can take in order to help conserve water.
1) Refrain from watering plants, trees, and shrubs between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2) Try not to wash your car during the weekday.
3) Take shorter showers.
4) Check dripping faucets.
5) Run your dishwasher and washing machines at full capacity only.
6) Only water your lawn when it's thirsty. A good rule of thumb is to simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, it's time to water.
7) Adjust the timer on automatic sprinklers accordingly, remembering that as much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering your lawn during midday hours.
8) Install a rain shut-off device on automatic sprinklers to eliminate on all unneeded applications.
9) Make sure your sprinkler is placed so it waters only your lawn, not your sidewalk.
10) Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist. This only increases the amount of evaporation.