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Water limits for parts of north-central, northwest North Dakota

Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 8:05 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:55 AM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. – Minot, Surrey, Berthold, and a number of rural communities across North-Central and Northwest North Dakota are under a water limit advisory for up to two weeks. Officials ask people to avoid watering their lawns or washing their cars.

This comes as temperatures approach triple digits during an ongoing drought.

Four of the Minot Water Treatment Plant’s raw water wells failed this week, limiting production until repairs can be made.

The plant is capable of processing 12 million gallons of water a day. There are more than a dozen wells feeding into the plant to make that happen.

”We serve the city of Minot residents, and North Prairie Rural water, Minot Air Force Base, and the NAWS customers, which are many rural communities in the northwestern part of North Dakota,” said Mark Paddock, water treatment superintendent.

On Tuesday, that area used 11.5 million gallons of water, which is two million gallons more than the plant can process at this time.

”We’re asking very politely for people to curb their usage. If we can’t get down to about nine million a day we’re going to have to start using far more strict restrictions. That means potentially fining people if it comes down to that,” said Derek Hackett, Public Information Officer.

Staff expect it will take up to two weeks to get everything back online.

”We do have them checked and serviced regularly, but it’s kind of no way of really predicting each and every failure,” said Paddock.

They add that three or four wells need repairs each year, but usually not at the same time.

Staff said facilities that recycle water like car washes and splash pads can continue to operate.

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