The City of Sioux Center’s Water Watch remains in effect for a second week. The city and all of Sioux County are still in "Severe Drought" conditions, and the drought area has expanded to include more of northwest Iowa, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. (See map below)
In a Water Watch, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities’ water customers are asked to limit lawn irrigation and outdoor watering to 2 times per week, only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Residential and commercial customers are asked to choose days to water based on their address, with even address/house numbers only watering on an even-numbered calendar day, and odd address/house numbers only watering on an odd-numbered calendar day. Those intending to put in new sod or grass seed should wait until watering limits are lifted.
“Thank you to everyone who is taking steps to help limit water use, especially during peak times,” said Utility Manager Murray Hulstein. “There is still work to be done. We are still seeing water usage at levels high above average, around 43% more water use daily than usual in June.”
The City is urging all residents to take action to conserve water. If water usage does not stay at a level that is able to be replenished, additional measures will need to be taken to further limit water use.
“While this lack of rain effects how our water is used in Sioux Center, we want to express our concern for the great impact it has on our local farmers,” Hulstein said. “We join them in praying for rain.”
Sioux Center Municipal Utilities provides quality water drawn from local aquifers, treated to exceed all federal and state standards, to 2,934 accounts in the community.