Water restrictions still in effect for City, area businesses, and locals alike

RAPID CITY, S.D. — We’re a little more than halfway through the summer now, and despite mandatory water restrictions – and with recent, record-breaking heat – you’ve probably seen locals and area businesses working hard to keep their lawns green.

Water conservation measures are mandatory in Rapid City every year from June 1 through August 31.

Odd- and even-numbered addresses water on their respective days, while no watering is allowed on the 31st of any month. The requirements don’t apply to residences with private wells.

Neither the City or businesses are exempt from conservation measures – so calling to let the City know helps keep it equal for everyone.

“One of the things that is helpful to the City as well, sometimes they will see, you know, a sprinkler system that may be broken and water is maybe going out into the street, or water and things need to be adjusted – just give our City’s Water Division a call they’ll go out and they’ll check it out,” said City of Rapid City Communications Coordinator Darrell Shoemaker.

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This water jug display at the Mountain View Water Treatment Plant shows the average daily use of water by Rapid City residents in the 1990s. At that time, the average daily use of water per person was 168 gallons. With water conservation measures, the daily average use has dropped dramatically. In 2020, the average daily use of water per person in Rapid City was 120 gallons.

Manual watering with a hose or sprinkling can is allowed, but you still want to make sure you’re not watering in the heat of the day.

“Makes a lot of sense – we’ve had a string of 100-degree temperatures – that water’s just being evaporated into the air – it’s really not soaking into the grass – it’s not doing any good – it’s basically wasting water,” Shoemaker added.

Shoemaker says the City is currently not concerned about the water level at Pactola Reservoir impacting availability to residents.

CLICK HERE for more information on Rapid City water conservation measures.

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