Watering restrictions to go into effect
RAPID CITY, S.D. — It’s watering season once again, and the folks with Rapid City Water Treatment want to make sure that not one drop is wasted.
Starting Monday, June 1, mandatory watering restrictions go into effect. Until the end of August, odd-numbered addresses will be allowed to water on odd-numbered dates, while even numbered addresses will water on even days.
No watering will be allowed the 31. of July or August. Also, no watering is allowed between the 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., but the city says this is for the benefit of residents.
“If you’re watering in the middle of the day; say noon, one, two o’clock in the afternoon in the heat of the day you’re losing most of that water to evaporation,” said Jeff Crockett, the Water Superintendent for Rapid City. “So, therefore it takes a lot more water to get the same results”.
Meanwhile, the wet season has helped water levels at Pactola Reservoir, where the city gets its water.
But Crockett says the scales could tip depending on usage.