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Brandon now under mandatory watering restrictions
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 24. 2014 11:09AM
Before Brandon homeowners turn on the hose to water their yards and gardens, they should take a look at the calendar first.

Today, city officials enacted the mandatory watering restriction, and Rollie Hoeke, Brandon’s director of public works, said it’s unknown how long the restrictions will remain in place.

The mandatory policy asks residents to follow the odd-even watering schedule, and asks residents not to water between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Residents who have even numbered addresses may water on even numbered calendar days and vice versa for odd-numbered addresses. In addition to those measures, residents should abstain from washing vehicles at home, filling pools, etc.

The city’s water pumping system was pushed to its limit four straight days this week, Hoeke said. The system can pump 2.2 million gallons per day. Pumping numbers reached 1.65 million gallons on July 20, 1.79 million on July 21, 1.67 million on July 23 and 1.81 million today.
On July 21, Hoeke said the system actually produced 1.97 million gallons, which is about 250,000 more gallons than what the system can put out.

“If all we can put out into the system is 2.2 million gallons, and we’re sending 1.8 out, we’re pushing it right to the limit,” he said.

According to city ordinance, residents who do not adhere to the mandatory watering restrictions may be subject to a fine. The Brandon Police and city code enforcement officer will look for these violations while on patrol, Hoeke said.

Mandatory watering restrictions are now in place in Brandon. The mandatory measures include no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and even-odd watering days. Homes with even addresses may water on even calendar days; homes with odd addresses may water on odd calendar days. Argus Leader Media illustration

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